Poultry should drink water at “degrees”, what is the most suitable water temperature?

Water is the source of life, and its importance to life is self-evident. Drinking water is a trivial matter that every living being does every day. It seems normal, but it is not so simple to do it right. Today, let’s talk about one of the details of drinking water – water temperature. Water temperature has many effects on health. If you drink it incorrectly, the effect will be greatly reduced! Take chickens in poultry as an example, do you know what is the best drinking water temperature for chickens?

Judging by intuition, chicks are just like newborn babies, so they should be more careful, and the temperature of the drinking water should be slightly higher. For adult chickens in the summer, it may be a good idea to have a little ice water to cool off the heat. In fact, there is a huge misunderstanding in these assumptions we take for granted!

Research at home and abroad shows that no matter chicks or adult chickens, no matter broilers, laying hens or breeders, they do not like hot water, but prefer cooler water.

★Ideal temperature: 10 – 14 ℃, the feed conversion rate is obviously improved, and it has a promoting effect on weight gain and egg production.

★Acceptable temperature: 14 -27℃

★High temperature: over 27°C, water intake and feed intake begin to decrease

★Unacceptable temperature: over 44°C, chickens begin to refuse water, and feed intake is severely reduced

In actual life, especially in summer, it is difficult for farmers to control the water temperature at 10-15℃. Then what we have to do is to control the water temperature below 27°C. But don’t give the chickens to drink ice water. Ice water does not play a role in cooling and relieving heat, but will cause diarrhea.

Some farmers like to boil the water for the chicks to drink during the brooding period. The benefits are obvious. Boiled water kills harmful bacteria in the water, but I recommend letting the boiled water cool before giving it to the chicks. Otherwise, if you are not careful, the hot water will burn the throat of the chick.

#How to ensure the water temperature? 

When designing water storage systems for large farms, outdoor plastic or metal pools (towers) should be avoided as much as possible. For the completed outdoor water storage system, it should be shaded and coated with thermal insulation materials.

When the chicken house is under high temperature conditions, especially during the summer brooding period, the waterline flow rate is slow and the water temperature is high. So flush the waterline thoroughly every 1-2 hours. Change the water in Plasson-style drinkers (buckets, water polo) frequently (at least every 2-3 hours), even if you don’t finish it.

If it is not the brooding period, there is no need to increase the frequency of the flushing line in winter, but at least once a day. During the daytime in summer, whether brooding or not, conditionally flush once an hour. No conditions, at least once every 3 hours, and increase the frequency at noon.

The right drinking water temperature can ensure the maximum benefit of farmers. At the moment when we pay attention to cost reduction and gain, paying attention to the details of poultry drinking water will also bring unexpected harvests!

Post time: Jan-17-2022