Give your chickens enough water

02 June 2021 | Agriculture

STAFF REPORTER



WINDHOEK

Water is considered one of the most essential sources of nutrition in chicken farming.

The Namibia Agriculture Union (NAU) said it is first and foremost an important component for metabolism and it softens the feed for digestive purposes.

According to Jan Grobbelaar, a chicken farming expert from South Africa, at one stage, he had chicks with constipation.

“The manure stuck to the anus of the chicks and when he tried to remove it, the intestines pulled out as well and the chicks died. Grobbelaar then changed his management by giving chicks water for two hours before they were fed. This quickly solved the problem,” the union said.

The NAU added that water is also responsible for the transport of nutrients, oxygen and hormones in the body, as well as the release of waste products and carbon dioxide from the body.

Dehydration

A day-old chick's body mass consists of 85% water and a 32-week-old hen of 55% water. If the chick or hen loses 10% of its water through dehydration, the chick will not be able to grow, and neither will the hen be able to lay eggs.

If the chick or hen dehydrate by 20%, they could possibly die. Insufficient water intake means that chickens cannot produce meat or eggs.

Meanwhile, the union said if chickens drink too much water, especially when it is hot, this will lead to an increase in water excreted through the manure and the excretion of moisture from their lungs will also be high. Both the manure and moisture have a big influence on the bedding of the chicken house.

“Usually, it causes wet bedding that builds up ammonia. If you enter the chicken house, the ammonia will burn your eyes. If the ammonia can be smelled, it is even more harmful to the chicks. Two of the biggest problems it causes are burns on the chicken's chest and under the feet. These carcasses may be rejected by the abattoir.”

Similar News

 

Agra weaner championship resumes

5 days ago - 09 June 2021 | Agriculture

STAFF REPORTERWINDHOEKAgra Auctions recently launched the annual Agra Weaner Championship Series for 2021.The Agra Weaner Championship Series rewards Namibian producers for excellent farming practices.Agra believes...

The basics of chicken production

5 days ago - 09 June 2021 | Agriculture

STAFF REPORTERWINDHOEKPoultry farming is a fast-growing emerging farming enterprise across Namibia.Chickens are kept for the production of meat and eggs that provide a healthy source...

Many in Kavango West travel 31km for water

6 days ago - 08 June 2021 | Agriculture

NAMPA RUNDUKavango West Region Governor, Sirkka Ausiku said 32 per cent of the population in that region still travel at least 31 kilometres to access...

Climate change to blame for increase in plant pests

1 week ago - 03 June 2021 | Agriculture

ELLANIE SMIT WINDHOEKDue to the impact of climate change, plant pests that ravage...

LPO concerned about Meatco resignations

1 week ago - 02 June 2021 | Agriculture

ELLANIE SMIT WINDHOEKThe Livestock Producers Organisation (LPO) has expressed concern with regards to...

Give your chickens enough water

1 week ago - 02 June 2021 | Agriculture

STAFF REPORTER WINDHOEK Water is considered one of the most essential sources of nutrition in chicken farming.The Namibia Agriculture Union (NAU) said...

Divided we fall: ‘Factionalism’ blamed for Meatco resignations

1 week ago - 01 June 2021 | Agriculture

ELLANIE SMIT WINDHOEKAlleged deep-seated divisions among Meatco board members – including lack of consensus on opening opportunities to do business in...

Cattle marketed decline by nearly 40%

1 week ago - 01 June 2021 | Agriculture

ELLANIE SMIT WINDHOEKThe total marketing of cattle declined by 39.8% during the first quarter...

Red line removal to cost Nam N$6b

2 weeks ago - 31 May 2021 | Agriculture

ELLANIE SMIT WINDHOEKNamibia stands to lose more than N$6 billion in revenue if attempts to remove the controversial veterinary cordon fence...

Herd rebuilding continues

2 weeks ago - 31 May 2021 | Agriculture

ELLANIE SMIT WINDHOEKWith continued herd-rebuilding exercises, a further decline in cattle marketing is expected for 2021, with the Meat Board forecasting formal...

Latest News

Starlile wins Winter Cup

13 hours ago | Sports

LIMBA MUPETAMIStarlile from the Okahandja Racing Club beat the likes of You Touch My Heart (second place) and Newton Spark (third place) to the finish.Starlile...

Bronze for Du Plooy

13 hours ago | Sports

Namibia’s triathlon champion Divan du Plooy took bronze at the just-ended African continental championship in Egypt.The Namibian was competing in the Under-23 category in Sharm...

Plot prices in Keetmans nearly...

13 hours ago | Economics

The Keetmanshoop municipality has dropped the price per plot in the new Brukharos extension to N$16 900 per plot for low-income earners to afford housing.The...

President too quiet in crisis...

13 hours ago | Health

STAFF REPORTERWINDHOEKFormer health minister Dr Richard Kamwi is among those who believe that President Hage Geingob’s silence, as the country endures its worst wave of...

Covid-19: Six SA tourists die...

13 hours ago | Health

NEWS24JOHANNESBURGSix elderly tourists died from Covid-19 after 37 out of 40 travellers on a bus trip in Namibia tested positive for the coronavirus.According to Netwerk24,...

Covid-19’s impact on sports

13 hours ago | Sports

Limba MupetamiThe effects of Covid-19 continue to flow through Namibia’s health, educational, financial, and commercial institutions and the sport sector is no different.Matches and competitions...

Won’t do it - Kanalelo

13 hours ago | Sports

KickOffThe former Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper Fillemon ‘Ronnie’ Kanalelo worked at both Bloemfontein Celtic and Maritzburg United as a keeper trainer, and had his last coaching...

SA govt sells majority stake...

13 hours ago | Business

Nqobile Dludla - The South African government is selling a 51% stake in South African Airways (SAA) to Takatso consortium, which will initially commit more...

EDITORIAL: President must address the...

13 hours ago | Opinion

The clarion calls for President Geingob to crawl from under his rock and provide leadership insofar as the deadly surge in Covid-19 infections is concerned...

Load More