Acidification of Drinking Water for Poultry (food-grade organic acids)

Poultry (chickens, pullets, turkeys, etc.) and rabbits can benefit from the acidification of drinking water: administering organic acids can limit the development of bacteria (E-Coli, Salmonella, Clostridium, etc.) and improve the conditions of the animals’ digestive flora.

The Advantages of Dosatron Technology

Dosatron proportional pumps guarantee the correct organic acid dosage regardless of the permanent variations in water pressure and water flow rate (due to animal random drinking behavior).

The non-electric, self-priming Dosatron pumps, which also work with gravity pressure (header tanks), ensure that organic acids are added to the drinking water under the best possible conditions. They provide consistent and uniform dilution and make it easy to read and adjust the dosing percentage. They can be run empty (without additives) without any risk of damage or interrupting the water supply to the animals. They are also quick and easy to maintain.

We also work closely with our partners from all over the world to hold regular technical seminars (request our application sheet on acidification via drinking water).

Recommended Installation for Acidification of Drinking Water for Poultry

Acidification with Dosatron Animal Health Line Pumps (AL) - Organic acid pre dilution


Acidification with Dosatron D25RE AO Expert Pumps - No organic acid pre dilution

  1. Dosatron Animal Health dosing pump DIAL4AL or D25ALN (Pre diluted organic acid) or Dosatron D25RE AO Expert pump (high chemical resistance for non diluted organic acid).
  2. 80 micron filter.
  3. Water meter.
  4. Pressure reducer.
  5. Bypass valves.
  6. 2 Valves or Taps (1 before / 1 after Dosatron) for fast priming / flushing / testing.
  7. Pre dilution tank or commercial drum of the organic acid (no pre dilution).

Tips for installing, Using & Maintaining your Dosatron

  • Install an 80 micron filter before the dosing pump and an accurate low flow water meter (Class D - R500) to monitor your water consumption.
  • If installed on a drinking water main line, you must ensure that your installation complies with the applicable disconnection standards (non-return system such as Class B disconnectors).
  • Install the Dosatron in bypass on the water supply with 2 valves before and after the Dosatron.
    • 1 valve for clear water.
    • 1 valve for quick rinsing / priming / testing of the dosing pump.
  • Always rinse the tank and let the Dosatron inject clean water after each treatment.
  • Use a graduated mixing tank designed to limit residues at the end of the treatment.
  • When pre-diluting an acid (Animal Health Line (AL) or Generic dosing pumps) in the tank, always pour the acid into the water and not the other way round.
    Predilution example: If you pre-dilute the organic acid by 5, you will need to set the Dosatron dosing rate to a level (%) 5 times higher.
  • Make sure that your drinkers are correctly adjusted (in terms of pressure / flow rate) and do the sanitation of your drinking water system during depopulation (empty barn).
  • Remember to change the dosing pump injection seals at least once a year.
  • Stop acidification 12 to 24 hours before administering any incompatible vaccination and/or treatment.
  • Please contact us for the chemical compatibility of the additives used with the different Dosatron models (Additive safety data sheet).

Recommended Dosing Pumps for this Application

Without Pre dilution

With Pre-dilution