Water System Check-Up

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Date: 
2007
Volume: 
19
Number: 
8
Tip Category: 
Water

When was the last time a check was conducted on the farm water system? If the answer to this question is “I don’t know” then it is something that should be conducted right away. The house and farm water system should be checked on a regular basis to ensure that adequate quantity and quality water is available. Water, along with temperature management, good air quality, clean formulated feed and protection from disease are the five basic needs of poultry to optimize bird performance. Water and feed consumption are directly correlated, meaning that if one decreases, they both decrease. So if water consumption drops for a few days, then feed consumption will decrease as well. While water is an important nutrient, it is also a critical component of the environmental control system when using evaporative cooling to keep the birds cool in hot weather. The following provides points in the water system that should be evaluated to ensure that plenty of water is available when the birds need it.