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on March 19, 2014

Watering management video shows fallacy of using flow rate

Tests that demonstrated how flow rate is not a good guide for achieving optimum bird performance

As part of an educational campaign started last fall, Ziggity Systems Inc. has posted on its Poultry Watering U website an uncut video of a test the company conducted to assess how useful the concept of flow rate is in helping poultry farmers effectively manage bird water intake.

The tests, performed by Ziggity, demonstrated how "flow rate" is not a good guide for achieving optimum bird performance.

"We believe 'drinker flow rate' is an artificial concept that doesn't relate to the actual way birds drink," said the company in a press release. "Using flow rates can encourage producers to oversupply water and create wet litter that adversely effects bird health, or, in some cases, provide too little water, resulting in depressed weight. The video of this experiment vividly makes that clear and provides compelling evidence to show that flow rate tests are meaningless and should not be used."

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