BEGINS WITH WATER
From the first day your chicks and poults are placed, water is one of the first things they look for, and for decades farmers and poultry have relied on our drinkers for a consistent flow of fresh water.
Our drinkers provide poultry the single most important ingredient for the best possible start, and healthiest life during grow-out.
Poultry Drinking Water Primer
Brian D. Fairchild and Casey W. Ritz Extension Poultry Scientists
Water is a critical nutrient that receives little attention until a problem arises. Not only should producers make an effort to provide water in adequate quantity, they should also know what is in the water that will be flowing through the water lines to be used in evaporative cooling systems and consumed by the birds.
Water Management Tips
Conduct water tests
Each farm should have its well water tested. Water quality can change during periods of heavy rain or drought and additional water tests during these periods will ensure that water lines continue to deliver adequate water volume for both the birds and the cooling systems. County agents can provide more information on the tests available, provide information on fees for testing and submit samples to the Agricultural and Environmental Services Laboratory at the University of Georgia.
Change filters regularly
Sediment and other particulates can cause leaky water nipples that can have negative effects on litter quality. Clogged filters restrict water flow to the drinker and cooling systems. In some cases, simple cartridge filters may not be adequate, such as for water with high iron. In those cases other water treatments will need to be considered.
Flush water lines regularly
A high pressure flush should be performed on water lines between each flock and after adding supplements through the medicator (e.g. vaccines, medications, vitamins, electrolytes, etc.).
Plan ahead before treating water
Before implementing water treatment or sanitation programs, consult your county agent to ensure that contaminants in your water will not react negatively and cause the water system to become clogged.