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Monday, July 20, 2015
Making poultry watering systems more sanitary
Recent Watering Insights e-bulletins from Poultry Watering U are focusing on the growing problem of corrosion in enclosed poultry watering systems.
With poultry farms increasingly concerned about the threat to their birds from a host of avian diseases, farm managers are often turning to popular disinfection agents such as acidifiers and various forms of chlorination to kill and prevent the growth of pathogens in the water.
However, among the side effects of using these disinfectants is that they tend to break down the protective layer of chromium oxide that covers the stainless steel drinker components, making them vulnerable to corrosion. Such corrosion can lead to leaky drinkers throughout the house and produce wetter than normal litter conditions, which increase environmental health hazards for birds and poultry house workers alike, not to mention the expense of replacing a large numbers of drinkers.
The series of articles explains the issues involved, how to detect leaky drinkers, and how to sanitize watering systems with less corrosive agents and procedures. Readers can find each of the e-bulletins posted on Poultry Watering U at www.poultrywatering.com.