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Poult Sci. 2014 Sep;93(9):2320-6. doi: 10.3382/ps.2014-03909. Epub 2014 Jul 18.

Benefits of neutral electrolyzed oxidizing water as a drinking water additive for broiler chickens.

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1
Institute of Food Quality and Food Safety, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Foundation, Bischofsholer Damm 15, D-30173 Hannover, Germany WEK Veterinary Practice, Lohe 13, 49429 Visbek, Germany.
2
WEK Veterinary Practice, Lohe 13, 49429 Visbek, Germany.
3
WEK Laboratory, Lohe 13, D-49429 Visbek, Germany.
4
Institute of Food Quality and Food Safety, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Foundation, Bischofsholer Damm 15, D-30173 Hannover, Germany guenter.klein@tiho-hannover.de.

Abstract

In the wake of discussion about the use of drugs in food-producing farms, it seems to be more and more important to search for alternatives and supportive measures to improve health. In this field trial, the influence of electrolyzed oxidizing (EO) water on water quality, drug consumption, mortality, and performance parameters such as BW and feed conversion rate was investigated on 2 broiler farms. At each farm, 3 rearing periods were included in the study. With EO water as the water additive, the total viable cell count and the number of Escherichia coli in drinking water samples were reduced compared with the respective control group. The frequency of treatment days was represented by the number of used daily doses per population and showed lower values in EO-water-treated groups at both farms. Furthermore, the addition of EO water resulted in a lower mortality rate. In terms of analyzed performance parameters, no significant differences were determined. In this study, the use of EO water improved drinking water quality and seemed to reduce the drug use without showing negative effects on performance parameters and mortality rates.

KEYWORDS:

broiler chicken; electrolyzed oxidizing water; water additive

PMID:
25037820
DOI:
10.3382/ps.2014-03909
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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