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Water as a Source of Minerals: Contribution of Wells Water for Mineral Nutrition in Broilers

Department of Animal Production, Faculty of Agriculture, Mutah University, Al-Karak 61710, Jordan
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(Received: May 15, 2022; Accepted: June 15, 2022)


Free drinking water as a source for minerals was overlooked when formulating animal diet. No available
data on the contribution of wells water to the mineral nutrition of poultry (broilers) had been reported in
Jordan. This research was designed to examine minimal and maximal contribution of minerals content
in Karak governorate in the relation to minerals requirements in broilers at different growth stages. In
this study, maximum concentration of Ca in examined wells water did not provide significant supply to
broilers nutrition at different ages (maximum contribution did not exceed 1.4%). However, Na and Cl
concentration of different wells water sources provided small to medium contribution to broilers nutrition
(the highest contribution of water to daily Na and Cl requirements was 13.0 and 22.1%, respectively).
Based on minerals content specification in the current study, it can be concluded from this study that
different wells water sources in Jordan can provide small to medium contribution to mineral nutrition
in broilers at different growth stages.
Key words : Drinking water, poultry, minerals, growth stage