Tom Tabler discusses poultry litter and water quality

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Date: Monday, March 13, 2017
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Tom Tabler, Extension Professor at Mississippi State University, shared advice on management practices, composting, lighting and water quality, during IPPE 2017 in Atlanta, USA.

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star Tom Tabler Tom Tabler
Animal Nutritionist
April 24, 2017
Chlorine bleach is probably the most common poultry water sanitizer used in the U.S. It is reasonably inexpensive and easily obtained and handled. However, the presence of a biofilm or organic matter will challenge its effectiveness. NaDCC is a good alternative to bleach. NaDCC tablets are popular with hikers and backpackers and outdoor adventurers as well as in emergency water treatment situations....less so with poultry growers here because bleach is less expensive. If a biofilm in the water lines is a concern, many growers use a stabilized, concentrated hydrogen peroxide product. You will likely need a strong oxidizer to cut the biofilm loose. Chlorine alone will not be strong enough. Some growers have run iodine in the past. Inorganic iodine is a more effective disinfectant than organic iodine. However, iodine requires a higher dosing level to achieve the same effect as chlorine. Many growers in the U.S. today use gas chlorination systems. Gas chlorination is more expensive (and more dangerous) than chlorine bleach but it does a very good job.
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April 24, 2017
Instead of following echo dangerous things ,it is better to update echo free methods which will not disturb the immune system .By following synthetic chemicals and antibiotics till now Environment disturbed and we are facing diseases ..Everybody should try alternatives and lot of research is to be done in view of future generations . Chlorinated phenol and chlorinated amine may be formed by chlorinating drinking water which are carcinogenic may be present.
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April 24, 2017
Hi Tom:

Thank you for the insights. All the best!

Regards
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Andrew Sivaram Andrew Sivaram
Animal Nutritionist
April 25, 2017
Dear Khaliphani,

I have had a few cases where the litter from the previous flock could not be removed fast enough from the barns before the next batch of chicks arrived and stocked. We observed that such chicks would easily get infected with Infectious Bursal Disease (Gumboro) virus. Beside IBD, other resistant viruses which can persist in the litter are Reovirus and Adenovirus. All these viruses are very immunosuppressive and may contribute to the elevated mortality that you experience.
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Andrew Sivaram Andrew Sivaram
Animal Nutritionist
April 25, 2017
Dear AR Baldovino,

Ozone gas can be a suitable alternative. There are companies that specialise in manufacturing and installing ozone generating machines for water sterilisation as required by food companies and other industries. It may be pretty expensive but this should ensure that you don't get any unwanted chemical residues in your system.
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G P G P
General Manager
April 25, 2017
Ozone is successfully being used for sanitising bird drinking water as well as maintaining biofilm free drinking lines in Australian farms....my company has been providing such systems for many years and the cost is not prohibitive when installed correctly.
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Andrew Sivaram Andrew Sivaram
Animal Nutritionist
May 2, 2017
Dear GP,

Can you send me more details about your ozone water treatment system? My e-mail is andguy2388@yahoo.com
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Ing. Dragan Ionut Ing. Dragan Ionut
Agro Engineer Zootechnist
May 3, 2017
Hello GP
I am also interested for your equipment.
Ca you give us your www address?
Thank You .
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May 3, 2017

For removing Biofilm from water pipelines, has anybody tried enzyme based detergent that can very effectively dissolve the Extracellular Polymeric Substance (EPS) or the protective matrix of biofilms, further sanitization actually removes the complete biofilm and renders the water safe for birds?

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Isaac Eisenberg Isaac Eisenberg
Business Development Manager
June 20, 2017
We have been very successful treating bio-films, mold, and viruses with UV based water treatment
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