Rainwater could revolutionize poultry industry

Harvesting rainwater could substantially reduce poultry growers' dependence on municipal or well water sources.

Raising broiler chickens takes a lot of water, but rainwater harvesting could substantially reduce poultry growers’ dependence on municipal water sources or well water, reduce their annual water bill by $16,000 or more and pay for itself in as few as four to five years.

Dr. Gene Simpson, a specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, said a typical farm in Alabama with four poultry houses uses 1.8-2.0 million gal. of water every year.

“If they are using water fr

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