Organic acids kill Salmonella

A Salmonella infection, especially with Salmonella Enteritidis (S.E.), can cause severe symptoms of illness and even death in very young chicks. Older birds often remain symptomless after infection. The main reason for controlling Salmonella in poultry is the disease that the bacteria cause in humans.


Good hygiene is important for healthy chickens

Infection with S.E. can lead to serious symptoms of illness and death in young chickens. Inflammations of organs and joints occur. In these cases, the loss of life can reach 10% in the first week. Other factors are often present in older flocks, such as infections with other pathogens, stress and climate problems. Salmonella can cause symptoms such as nausea, diarrhea and fever in humans after consumption of insufficiently heated eggs or meat.

How to recognise it

How to recognise Salmonella problems in the farm house

After arrival, young broilers and laying chicks are susceptible to infections. When hygiene is poor, the Salmonella still present can easily contaminate young chicks. Infected birds can develop serious symptoms such as inflamed organs and joints. This causes mortality and high medicine costs. Often the chicks are infected at a later age and do not show any symptoms, the veterinarian only discovers this during the control round in week 3 or 4.

Cause & effect

Increased Salmonella pressure leads to poor growth

Contamination with Salmonella occurs through contact with Salmonella infected animals or materials, especially manure. However, birds, visitors and insects such as flies, may also bring Salmonella into a farm. The disease spreads through the barn via the manure of infected chickens. A good hygiene is therefore very important.


Damage in clinical cases occurs through higher feed conversion, mortality, growth reduction, the costs of medicines and other treatments and the extra labour involved. In addition, humans can also become infected by Salmonella. If the contamination level is too high, the slaughterhouse will intervene. You get less for your chicks and measures must be taken.

Kanters has a Salmonella prevention plan

By using the Kanters Salmonella Checklist you determine together with us and your veterinarian how the Salmonella infection entered your farm.

This can be via purchase of animals, via drinking water, via feed or via the environment.

Remove any feed residue, dust, dirt and manure from the barn. Exterminate pests such as rats, mice and flies. In order to prevent cross-contamination, ensure that clean and disinfected footwear and clean working clothing are used in the various stables.

Use Aqua-clean to thoroughly clean the drinking lines. Aqua-clean has a long and powerful effect that removes the biofilm in the water system.

The fourth step consists of thoroughly cleaning the barn. You soak the stable with Multifoam Alkaline and remove the coarse dirt and grease. The barn should then be disinfected using a disinfectant.

During the fifth and final step, you add organic acids to the drinking water. These reduce the pH value which helps to reduce the growth of bacteria.



"Dankzij Aqua-clean van Kanters geef ik mijn dieren Hygiënisch schoon water. Hierdoor stijgt de wateropnamen wat de diergezondheid bevordert”
Klaas Timmer
Vleeskuikenhouder (110.000 vleeskuikens) te Meerkerk

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