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Keeping your poultry water systems free from biofilm

Learn what protocols are recommended for removing biofilm from drinker lines to improve health and growth of your flock.

The potential threat that biofilm poses to the health and growth of your birds makes it imperative that producers take appropriate measures to remove and prevent it.

Keeping your watering system biofilm-free begins with a regular schedule of high pressure flushing of the drinker lines. Removing entrenched biofilm requires a more aggressive approach – one that strips away or removes the biofilm attached to the interior walls of water bearing pipe.

Ziggity recommends performing several protocols in such cases, but only between production cycles when birds are not present.

A few of these protocols include: using a hydrogen-peroxide based cleaner, filling all drinker lines with the treatment and allowing the treatment to remain in the lines as recommended by the manufacturer, and walking the drinker lines with a broom and activating all the drinkers with the broom bristles.

Read more to learn what other protocols are recommended to remove entrenched biofilm and the importance of regular dinker line flushing. 

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