The influence of drinker water pressure on broiler water usage and performance
Brown, Cody Compton
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Advancements in technology used to monitor water usage has opened the door to studying some of the management practices used by growers. Drinker water pressure has little research with most of the information available coming from the manufacturer. Studies were conducted to monitor the effect that different drinker water pressures had on water usage in a commercial house. It was then followed up with a pen trial to evaluate the influence that drinker water pressure has on broiler performance along with the water usage. The results in both the commercial and pen trial showed that increased drinker pressure increased the daily water usage by 10-18%. The pen trial resulted in a body weight that was 125g heavier at 49 days of age and a 0.34 better feed conversion in the treatment group receiving a higher drinker pressure but they also had a higher litter moisture throughout the trial.