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Medicator hose quick release kit
Medicator hose quick release kit

Kit provides a fast method of moving medicators between locations.

Most livestock installations include flexible hoses to connect medicators to the building’s plumbing system. Besides being time consuming to disassemble and reassemble, it is also easy to cross-thread and damage the plastic connections when reconnecting the medicator. Damaging or losing the hose washers moving between locations is also common.

Components of each kit

Hog Slat's new MEDKIT-1 incorporates cam-lever locking connections, making moving medicators between locations fast and simple. Because the threaded male connectors remain in place, there are no leaks from missing washers or damaged thread connections.

Order extra yellow adaptors for the hose fittings in additional locations.

The MEDKIT-1 consists of the components needed to connect one side of a medicator. New installations will require two kits for each medicator hookup. Order additional yellow adaptors (BGHFT075A) for each hose bib when setting up a new location.

CLICK to view a video on assembling and using the MEDKIT-1. To order online, go to MEDKIT-1.

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Hog Slat Medicator Video
Hog Slat Medicator Video
A "how-to" video on annual maintenance for the Hog Slat medicator
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Are your medicators ready for fall ?
Are your medicators ready for fall ?

Four quick tips for an annual medicator tune-up, plus is it time to consider a different type of medicator?

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Medicator Best Practices

Virginie Buck
By Virginie Buck,
Dosatron International

Everyone knows that water-powered medicators are the easiest way to administer a wide variety of medications, vaccinations and supplements. But after you buy a medicator, there are several things you can do to make sure you get the most bang for your buck from your equipment, and that it will last a long time.

When installing your medicator, be sure to plumb an 80 micron/200 mesh filter on the inlet side of the medicator. This will ensure that your medicator will be protected from poor water quality conditions that can potentially damage your unit. This will also protect any equipment you have downstream from the medicator, such as nipples, valves, and drinkers, from getting clogged and wearing out prematurely.

Also, make sure that your concentrate bucket is clean and free from debris that could get sucked up inside the medicator and jam the check valve. A good rule of thumb is to secure your hose at least 4” up from the bottom of the stock tank so that heavy debris is not sucked up into the medicator.

Always be sure that your maximum flow rate stays within the maximum capacity of your medicator. Be sure to check with your medicator’s manufacturer for specifications and for ways to determine flow rate. If you determine that your flow rate is higher than the maximum recommended, you may want to consider switching to a model with a higher maximum flow rate. Turning your water on slowly will gradually pressurize the system, helping to prevent a rush of water through the pipes that could be harmful to the equipment.

One of the most important things you can do to protect your medicator is to keep up the medicator’s maintenance schedule, which you should be able to get from your medicator’s manufacturer.

Flushing your medicator with clear water may be the single most important tip I can give.

Strainer off bottom

Medicators are one of the most important weapons in your arsenal when it comes to keeping your animals as healthy as possible. By following these simple best practices, you’ll make sure that your medicator continues to work hard for you for years to come.

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Medicator RX

A NEW Solution to Clean and Help Extend the Life of your Medicator

Medicator Rx is a water soluble concentrate, with Aqua Lube, that is designed specifically for maintaining and cleaning medicators used in swine barns and poultry houses.

It removes:

  • Rust
  • Bio-deposits
  • Calcifications

Medicator Rx solution also lubricates your medicator’s interior seals and all moving components as it cleans.

Medicator Rx can be used in two different ways, cleaning in-line and deep cleaning.

  • For in-line cleaning, between medicating and vaccinating cycles, mix one packet into 16 ounces of water, turn water on to inject Medicator Rx solution into the medicator and let it sit overnight*.
  • For deep cleaning, without scrubbing, disassemble the medicator and simply soak the parts in the Medicator Rx solution for 12 – 24 hours*. You will be amazed with the results!

Medicator Rx is recommended to use when performing maintenance or repairs. One packet will clean one medicator.

Click here to order on line.

*Follow directions on packet.

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