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Clean lines are critical
majority of the time the disease
problem was coming from the
If the lines are not properly
maintained, she said they can
become a disease host. This is because pathogens are moving into
the water lines each time a bird
takes a drink and whenever organic material carrying pathogens
lands on the drinker. Foy said
growers provide the perfect environment for bacteria to flourish
by supplying water, warmth and a
food source inside the water line.
Growers often don't realize
there's an issue until the bacterial colonization is so thorough
that it spreads all the way from
the drinkers back to the filter. By
then, Foy said, it's too late to do
much of anything but clean the
water lines out.
Before ABF, antibiotics were
depended upon as a "fixer tool"
to solve water problems. Now
that tool is gone and well-meaning growers are trying new, unfamiliar products to serve the same
purpose. The overload of information about the new products
- and lofty promises associated
with them - makes management
of water systems all the more
confusing, she said.
In this ABF environment,
farmers can best protect the integrity of their water lines and the
health of their flock by keeping
their system clean. This can be
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DRY FLOORS PROMOTE BIRD
WELFARE AND REDUCE RELIANCE
Enhancing bird welfare and eliminating
non-therapeutic use of antibiotics is a
world-wide trend and poultry producers
are discovering that one of the most
effective ways to achieve this goal is
by maintaining dry litter conditions.
Central to this goal is effectively managing
nipple type watering systems in a manner
hat discharges sufficient water to stimulate
bird growth, but not over-supply
over supply water which creates wet litter.
Wet litter can become a breeding ground for disease and ammonia
release resulting in pododermatitis and a host of other bird welfare
and health issues.
Understanding enclosed watering system concepts and applying
them when managing watering systems is essential for maintaining
drier litter conditions year round.
Best practices and guidelines available for enclosed watering
systems are available through poultrywatering.com, a reference
and resource site for all things related to poultry watering.
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done by creating a two-step water
program that establishes a set
method for cleaning water lines
when the barn is empty and for
treating the water when birds are
in the barn.
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