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Prepared by Gino Lorenzoni, Assistant Professor of Poultry Production and Avian Health
Poultry production has developed tremendously over the years thanks to advance in genetics, nutrition and disease control. As a rule of thumb the further we try to push a production system the better we need to manage it to keep the production system at its optimal rate. Often, we focus on things that seem very important like our vaccination program or the nutritional specs of our diets. At the same time, we may tend to spend less energy considering more “trivial things” like the quality of the water, feed and litter. For example, I have been in many poultry farms were the water is acidified but nobody in the farm has ever seen a pH meter. Water, feed and litter should be the pillars for poultry production. Over the years the most successful field veterinarians I have met are able to solve 80% of the disease cases by helping to correct one (or more) of these pillars.
Water lines need maintenance and quality time should be dedicated to this task. The process can be automated to an extent which can save time and effort while insuring constant water quality over the years. Caring for your water quality will translate in the long run in healthier and more productive flocks.
For more information please contact the Poultry Extension Team at Penn State University.
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