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Currently I use a 3 gallon plastic bucket that I fill daily. My issue isn't needing to fill this every day it is that algae grows super fast in it! Almost every day I need to scrub it clean. Is there any natural additive I could add to help with the algae? ...side note: I plan on going with a hanging waterer soon (the double walled steel type). Maybe algae isn't an issue with these?

 

Thanks in advance.

 

-Mike

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Rinsing with a 10% chlorine solution a couple of times a week should help.

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Tips to keep algae growth down:

 

* Keep the waterer out of direct sunlight, this will help the most.

* Add a dash (1-3Tbs) of vinegar to the waterer (most people use Apple Cider Vinegar)

 

Note: do NOT use vinegar or any other acid in the double-walled galvanized steel waterers...it will corrode/rust the waterer.

 

You could also add bleach to the water (instead or in addition to the rinse Sourland mentioned), though I don't know the ratio. And you do NOT want to mix vinegar and bleach. Use one or the other. ACV has some other health benefits whereas bleach does not.

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I recommend ACV in their water.  It has health benefits not sure right off the to of my head, but I use this and do not have a problem.  I have a 7 gallon water.  Keep it out of direct sun light as well.  

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I live in Northeastern New Mexico. Live on a 2.5 acres with my husband of 38 yrs.(husband pass away 6/13/16), 2 dogs, 2 cats,    I have SLC, Blue laced Red Wy, Partridge Cochin, Blue, Black & White Cochins, Americanas, Cuckoo Marans Roo, Dominque Roo,  Blue Bar Roo, Buff Orps, Lavender Wy, Black & Blue French Cooper Marans, French Wheaton Marans, Cuckoo Marans , Dominque , Blue bar  Whiting...

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The only time I had black spots in my waterer was when I put ACV in my water one summer, so I don't believe it is a cure all.   I don't know how it will work for algae, but I could ever use it.  Best thing to keep it out of the sun.  Never had a problem, because my food & water are in the coop by an east facing window.

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