Development of a Periwinkle Shell Capsule For The Control of Water PH For Poultry Farming

ABSTRACT          

This study was carried out to solve problems associated with low groundwater pH encountered by poultry farmers (using Owerri as a case study) which results to birds‟ mortality and low production of eggsand meat. Groundwater samples from different areas in Owerri were collected from boreholes for characterization using standard methods and the pH values were assessed. The results showed that pH of groundwater in the study area ranged from 4.8 to 5.8 through dry and wet periods, thereby indicating acidity and below the safe range of 6.8 to 7.5 required for poultry consumption as suggested by the World Health Organization. An acidic water treatment capsule containing agricultural liming materials (as in this case, Periwinkle shells) was constructed after several experimentations and was found to be effective in stabilizing the pH of acidic water prior to supply to poultry farms in areas of acidic water. The capsule contains 7mm granulated periwinkle shells of 7liter volume weighing 6.21kg, designed to allow proper contact and flow of untreated water through the shells contained in it at a flow rate of 1.8l/min, in the process, stabilizing the water pH to the required range for poultry production. A model which relates the pH of water to flow-rate at a fixed volume of 7mm crushed periwinkle shell was developed with correlation coefficient of 0.96.

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APA

CHUKWUEMEKA, N (2021). Development of a Periwinkle Shell Capsule For The Control of Water PH For Poultry Farming. Afribary. Retrieved from https://afribary.com/works/development-of-a-periwinkle-shell-capsule-for-the-control-of-water-ph-for-poultry-farming

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CHUKWUEMEKA, NWAONUMA "Development of a Periwinkle Shell Capsule For The Control of Water PH For Poultry Farming" Afribary. Afribary, 09 Apr. 2021, https://afribary.com/works/development-of-a-periwinkle-shell-capsule-for-the-control-of-water-ph-for-poultry-farming. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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CHUKWUEMEKA, NWAONUMA . "Development of a Periwinkle Shell Capsule For The Control of Water PH For Poultry Farming". Afribary, Afribary, 09 Apr. 2021. Web. 25 Jul. 2024. < https://afribary.com/works/development-of-a-periwinkle-shell-capsule-for-the-control-of-water-ph-for-poultry-farming >.

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CHUKWUEMEKA, NWAONUMA . "Development of a Periwinkle Shell Capsule For The Control of Water PH For Poultry Farming" Afribary (2021). Accessed July 25, 2024. https://afribary.com/works/development-of-a-periwinkle-shell-capsule-for-the-control-of-water-ph-for-poultry-farming