Edstrom® has a long history of watering small animals and pets. Edstrom drinking valves have been used extensively throughout the world in commercial aviaries, exotic bird breeding facilities, and by small animal breeders and enthusiasts. The simple, rugged design and quality of the Edstrom drinking valve make it the most reliable choice for automated watering, providing years of trouble-free performance.
Water travels from your system’s water supply (pressure reducer, storage tank, or float tank) through the distribution piping, then down to each drinking valve to be accessed by the animals.
Edstrom offers several models of patented drinking valves, each with features that are advantageous to specific animals and housing styles.
Edstrom offers two basic methods: flexible tubing and rigid PVC piping. The flex-tube system is very easy to install and mounts directly to the outside of wire mesh cages. Remarkably rugged, a distribution system constructed of PVC pipe is able to endure plenty of animal abuse.
The water supply feeding your automated system must be clean and of a controlled, reduced pressure. Edstrom offers a selection of water supply options, including water filtration and pressure reduction plumbing components.
These kits simplify automated watering design, setup and expansion. Perfect for the novice, they include everything you need to install a new system or add on to an existing one.
Edstrom offers key replacement parts for all drinking valves, including diaphragms, o-rings, and stems.
As 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 is the most critical nutrient in your livestock’s' 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
Rabbit 5.0 oz./day
Guinea Pig (Cavy) 3.0 oz./day
Chinchilla 1.3 oz./day
Parakeet 0.3 oz./day
Hamster 0.4 oz./day
Gerbil 0.1 oz./day
Rat 1.3 oz./day
Mouse 0.2 oz./day
Chicken 10.0 oz./day
Squirrel Monkey 3.3 oz./day
Rhesus Monkey 30.0 oz./day
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!
To drink, animals simply move the stainless steel stem by biting or licking, releasing water. When the animal releases the end of the stem, the elasticity of the silicone rubber diaphragm located behind the stem head pushes the head back to the closed position, stopping the flow of water. The animal will discover this and quickly learn that the valve is the source for fresh, clean water.