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- Water intake behavior of broiler chickens exposed to heat stress and drinking from bell or and nipple drinkers
- Universidade Estadual do Oeste do Paraná (UNIOESTE)
- Universidade Federal de Uberlândia (UFU)
- Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP)
- Universidade Federal da Paraíba (UFPB)
- The aspects involved in broiler water intake are not well known, despite the importance of water in animal nutrition and physiology. Water intake behavior should be taken into account when deciding on different types of drinkers. Bell and nipple drinkers are the most commonly used in commercial broiler production. Broilers were housed in cages equipped with two different drinker types and raised at two different environmental temperatures (25 and 34 ºC) to evaluate water intake behavior and volume. Broiler water intake behavior was influenced by drinker type. Birds visited bell drinkers less often, but presented higher total water intake per visit to the drinker as compared to those drinking from nipple drinkers. The results of this study suggest that both broilers drinking behavior and water intake volume should be taken into account when deciding on drinker type to equip broiler houses.
- Revista Brasileira de Ciência Avícola. Fundação APINCO de Ciência e Tecnologia Avícolas, v. 13, n. 2, p. 147-152, 2011.
- Fundação APINCO de Ciência e Tecnologia Avícolas
- ingestion pattern
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