Controlling Litter Moisture

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Date: 
1997
Volume: 
9
Number: 
12
Tip Category: 
Litter quality

As a general rule, for every pound of feed a bird eats it will drink almost two pounds of water. For instance 24,000 four-day-old birds will eat approximately a thousand pounds of feed a day but will drink close to one ton of water a day. As birds get older, feed consumption increases dramatically and so does the amount of water they drink. For instance, 24,000 seven-week-old birds will eat over three and a half tons of feed a day and drink over eight tons of water a day. By the end of a seven-week growout, a house with 24,000 birds has consumed over 100 tons of feed and well over 200 tons of water!