Biofilm and Water QUALITY
While it is important to have a supply of good quality drinking water, it is just as critical to have the same quality of drinking water at the point where it is consumed by the chicks.
Jan van Harn, Francesca Neijenhuis and Hilko Ellen Wageningen of UR Livestock Research say when biofilm – a slimy layer on the inside of the water pipe – develops, this can seriously affect the quality of drinking water at the nipple.
When microorganisms grow on deposits of minerals and organic dirt particles inside the pipe, biofilm develops. Increased amounts of iron, manganese and lime, for example, in the water increase the chance of the formation of a biofilm, and can also lead to extra wear, blocks and leaks. Substances and excipients