The water-system poultry


Water systems with stagnant water are pure paradise for microorganisms. There will always be microorganisms even in good quality drinking water. In unfortunate circumstances, these can reproduce and accumulate in the system to such a level that the quality of the water is seriously compromised.

Microorganisms from the environment will find their way into the water system through the drinker nipples. Sometimes they are actually forced in there during cleaning with the pressure washer and once this happens, they attach themselves to the internal coatings, form bio-film, and grow to large populations very rapidly and reduce the quality of the water. In cases where the water flow is slow and the temperature is moderate, accumulation and formation of bio-film will be continuous and the passing water will transport the microorganisms to the detriment of the animals that drink the water.

The design of the system, the addition of vitamins, various acids with varying pH, calcium, ochre, auxiliary substances in medicine, and minerals, all supply nutrients to the microorganisms.

To get good quality drinking water it is therefore necessary to clean, de-scale, and disinfect the system regularly. This is best done with a mixture of stabilised hydrogen peroxide with different organic acids and detergents added.


In empty houses (between flocks)

The system is filled with a solution, which may be left in the pipes for up to 5 or 10 hours (depending on which product is used) and then rinsed with clean water. This process removes debris at the same time as it disinfects the system without blocking the nipples.


Often, it is easiest to let a doser suck directly from the container at the rate appropriate to the particular product. While the system is being filled, the drinkers should be activated so that the active agent reaches all parts of the system.

The nipples have to be checked when the system is rinsed with clean water.


During production:

Situations can occur where it is necessary to clean and disinfect the system during production. In such a situation, it is advisable to measure how big the problem is. After that, it can be assessed, how much disinfectant needed. And also how often and for how long a period this must go on, to achieve a clean system. After having decided that and which product to use, a larger batch of stock solution can be made. Mix in a plastic container that can be sealed shut. A clean plastic garbage can with a lid is suitable. Make sure the solution is correct and that the doser is working correct.

REMEMBER: There can be regulations controlling which substances may be added to drinking water.


Clean and disinfect the water system as needed.


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