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Automated Small Animal WateringAs a serious breeder and producer of specialty animals or birds you know the critical importance of making a clean supply of water available at all times. Water isthe most critical nutrient in your livestocks' diet, making up as much as 85% of the living body and serving many purposes.

Water in the blood stream serves as a means for transporting nutrients to cells and returning waste to the lungs and kidneys. Water carries waste from the body, lubricates the joints, and helps maintain body temperature. Water also keeps eyes moist, protecting them from dust and other foreign objects.

An animal can lose nearly all of its body fat and half its protein and stay alive. However, the loss of more than 10% of its water will cause death. Deprivation of water for even a few hours can stress an animal, leading to health problems and reduced performance in breeding stock. In the wild, birds and animals obtain a major portion of their water in the natural foods they consume. But because the prepared feeds used in most facilities are low in moisture content, your animals must drink more water to sustain its daily dietary water requirement.

Average Daily Water Requirements
Animal oz./day
Rabbit 5.0
Guinea Pig (Cavy) 3.0
Chinchilla 1.3
Parakeet 0.3
Hamster 0.4
Gerbil 0.1
Rat 1.3
Mouse 0.2
Chicken 10.0
Squirrel Monkey 3.3
Rhesus Monkey 30.0

Providing adequate quantities of clean, fresh water, accessible to the animals 24 hours a day, is crucial to the overall health of your livestock and to the resulting profitability of your production enterprise. Installing an Edstrom Automated Watering System will accomplish this!

Automated Bird and Small Animal WateringEdstrom Automated Watering System

The Edstrom Automated Watering System was first introduced in 1967, when Bill Edstrom designed the unique pivoting stem drinking valve. Its unique, simple design and its rugged quality manufacture make the Edstrom Drinking Valve very reliable, providing years of trouble free performance. Because of this, Edstrom drinking valves have been used in thousands of animal and bird facilities around the world.
Success of an Automated Watering System depends on two basic features:
  1. The system must be easy to install.
  2. The drinking valve must reliably provide water to the animals on demand without leaking.

Automated Small Animal and Bird WateringThere are several manufacturers of watering systems that claim to offer these benefits, but only an Edstrom Watering System meets this challenge!

An Edstrom Watering System consists of three basic groups of hardware. Within each group you have several options available from which to choose. You should review the features of each and select components that will best adapt to your facility and your animal husbandry methods, and be easy for you to install.

The three groups are:

Drinking Valves The drinking valve is the heart of the Automated Watering System and its performance will determine the success or failure of the installation. Edstrom offers several models of patented drinking valves. Each has features that are advantageous to specific types of animals and their housing.
Distribution Piping The distribution piping is the plumbing components used to carry the water from the water supply to the drinking valves. Two basic methods are offered: a Flex-Tube System and rigid PVC piping.
Water Supply Components The water supply to your automated watering system must be clean and at a reduced pressure. A selection of water filtration and pressure reduction plumbing components are available.