Poultry as most animals can go longer without food than water and yet most poultry farmers think of the importance of food over water. Water is essential for digestion and involved in every aspect of poultry’s and all animals metabolism.
At normal body temperatures chickens typically consume twice as much water as feed, at elevated temperatures their water intake can increase to as much as four times their feed intake.
It is essential that poultry farmers allow the chickens to have a constant supply, of accessible, good quality water for the poultry to remain healthy. Water maintains poultry’s body temperature, helps digestion and is a necessary factor in meat and eggs production, and quality of produce.
If they don’t have enough water or it’s bad quality, has a bad taste or odour, they won’t drink an adequate amount and they will cut down their food intake inline with their water consumption. This will then lead to loss of condition, disease and an effect on production.
Water Quality – Poultry Farming
It is important for poultry farming as for all farming that the water provided is of good quality and free from bacteria and contaminants. To ensure good quality water and the good health of the poultry the water should be treated effectively.
Agrismart use a chlorine dioxide water treatment which is both more effective than other disinfectants at lower concentrations, and doesn’t leave the bad taste and odour that chlorine based disinfectants do.
Water Quantity – Poultry Farming
This is a guide to water requirements for poultry farming and can be dependent on circumstances, environment and diet.
A typical 500-ft broiler house requires about 2 gallons of water per minute for drinking water.
A 5-house complex would require about 20-gallons of water a minute just for drinking water for the broilers.
Drinking water isn’t the only requirement for water in poultry farming
1 – 2 taps running at 20 psi / low pressure will use 45 litres of water a minute.
Agrismart helps farmers cut costs, improve profitability and productivity.
Poultry Farming- We provide complete agricultural water solutions tailored to your needs, we’ll ensure you have the cheapest solution available for your farms unique requirements.
Our aim is to identify high water users in poultry farming and present them with a solution that costs less than their annual water bill providing free water for their business with an ROI in under 24 months.
Water Efficiency Grants
The ECA is a an environmental scheme which provides water efficiency grants of a 100 per cent first year allowance for water efficient technologies.
Water Management Specialists
Agrismart offer a complete water management solution tailored to your unique requirements. Our water management specialists offer a no obligation site survey to establish the best solution for your farm.
Zero Energy Pumps – If you have a water supply on the farm it may be possible to offer a zero energy pumping system to eliminate or minimise the need for a mains water supply.
Rainwater harvesting – With an integrated pump system is another option available for those without a water source on their farm. Recycling rainwater that falls on your barns and outbuildings.
Water Treatment – Clean water is essential for disease prevention and for better meat production and breeding. Bacterial infection can build up in your water tanks and troughs and without filtration to purify the water supply your animals are at risk of disease or at least loss of condition.
Stormwater Management – We have a range of stormwater management solutions adapted to your needs to reliably remove harmful pollutants from stormwater runoff.