The three most common causes of water wastage

The three most common causes of water wastage

Clean and fresh drinking water is extremely important for a broiler and contributes to optimal production results. A fact that is unfortunately often overlooked by poultry farmers. That is why it is important to think carefully about the correct water supply for your poultry, because incorrect drinking water management can not only cause health problems, but can also have significant financial consequences.


Drinking water management is very important to keep a poultry flock healthy. Healthy chicks drink more and more water as they get older. The ratio between feed and drinking water is a good source of information for determining whether the chicks are performing well.

A good performing flock achieves an average water / feed ratio of 1.8 - 2.0 liters of water on 1 kg of feed. When this ratio is out of balance, it can indicate problems. If the water usage is significantly higher, this may be due to the following factors:

  • Heat stress
  • Illness
  • Water leakage


Always look beyond the obvious factors. If the chicks look healthy and feed intake is normal, the problem may be related to the water supply. Careful drinking water management is therefore also the key to optimal production results.

When water spillage occurs, this water ends up in the litter instead of where it belongs; in the chick. For you as a poultry farmer, this ultimately means a loss of profit because the performance of the flock decreases and the operating costs increase.


Three causes of water wastage

Reducing water wastage will always save you money. By keeping an eye on the following three points, you can tackle the most common problems:

  • Maintenance of the drinking line
  • The height of the drinking line
  • The water pressure on the drinking line


The maintenance of the drinking line

If a drinking system is properly maintained, you can keep leaks to a minimum. Unfortunately, the build-up of biofilm in the lines can cause serious problems. (Check here why it is so important to keep biofilm out of your drinking lines!)

It is important to regularly flush the drinking lines and to clean them with the correct cleaning agents to keep harmful bacteria out of the drinking line as much as possible. The temperature of the water is also important. The higher the temperature, the faster bacteria and fungi can multiply.

A handy tool to check whether the drinking water is contaminated is a biofilm sensor. This sensor checks the clarity of the drinking water by means of light measurements. As soon as biofilm formation is detected, the sensor emits a signal and the lines should be flushed. When you have an automatic flushing system, the sensor passes the information to the computer and the lines are then automatically flushed.

In addition, you can maintain the temperature of the water with a temperature sensor. As soon as it gets too high, the sensor gives a signal to flush the drinking lines.


The height of the drinking line

If the drinking line is not at the correct height, this can also lead to water wastage. The size (age) of a broiler determines...

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