Despite being considered as an integral addition to healthy flock development, the role of water and the importance of its quality is seemingly less regarded when compared to nutrition and the environment.
A new article, featuring insights from two poultry scientists: Dr Brian Fairchild, University of Georgia, USA and Dr Sharon Maes, Mid Sweden University, Sweden, aims to emphasise the crucial role of water quality in ensuring healthy flock development.
As well as being important for flock development, water is also beneficial in relation to housing. For example, some poultry housing barns utilise water to reduce air temperature - they do this using evaporating cooling and fogging systems.
For broilers, water is essential for successful growth and development, with research detailing a strong correlation between access to water and:
• An increased metabolism
• Improved ability to regulate body temperature
• More effective organ and joint lubrication
Read the full article here.