Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Poultry Science


Some of the waters of South Dakota contain enough sodium chloride, sodium sulfate and magnesium sulfates. Often water from dams, dugouts, wells will become unsuitable for livestock and poultry consumption because of salt accumulation. Salt is an essential ingredient in the poultry ration but relatively small amounts are required. Cases have been reported where chickens suddenly became sick and died. These deaths, which occur without warnings, have the characteristics of being caused by microorganism. The primary objectives of the experiments reported in this theses was to determine what level of salt added to Brookings tap water would be toxic to chicks, hens and ducklings. The mortality, weight gain, and general condition of chick’s poults, ducklings and the production and general condition of laying hens were observed.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Poultry -- Diseases


Includes bibliographical references




South Dakota State University