Ziggity Systems has developed a new drinker for adult turkeys that is self-cleaning and built-to-survive aggressive turkey behavior. Ziggity calls this new drinker the T-Max.
Ziggity took the same proven concept that made it number one in poult watering and re-engineered it to work for male and female adult turkeys. The company field-tested and fine-tuned the T-Max drinker for more than three years, and results show T-Max ensures the birds receive all the hygienic water they need to thrive and thereby reducing litter costs.
Turkeys have poor eye-beak coordination, so Ziggity created a larger target that the birds cannot miss. As the birds peck at the T-Max, it tips and rotates. It is not a stationary drinker like cups used on other systems. The rotating action swishes the water around, self-cleaning the drinker. No manual scrubbing is required.
As turkeys grow, their drinking action becomes increasingly aggressive and they can rapidly wear out a watering system. Ziggity designed the T-Max drinker with a shock-absorbing flex stem that allows the entire drinker to give. This eliminates breakage and potential leaks. The drinker is made of a durable plastic that is green in color, which turkeys find more attractive.
The basic concept Ziggity uses in its new adult turkey drinker was first pioneered in the company’s poult drinker that combines enclosed water delivery systems and drinkers with active reservoirs called Activators. The Activator attaches to the end of the trigger pin. The poults drink the small reserve of water that is present and while doing so, their necks push the drinker to the side. This replenishes the water they consume.
Such a system exposes only a small amount of water to the poultry house environment; and the birds have less opportunity to share water, reducing the threat of disease spreading from bird to bird. Besides a healthier environment in the poultry house, the system is also cost saving. The drinker reduces spillage, which decreases ammonia releases. Producers need not add litter as often, and they need less ventilation to dry the existing litter or to remove ammonia. The healthier environment decreases the need for medication and as a result of improved house environment, feed conversion is also better, says Ziggity.