I just get the drip pans at Walmart - they were 2 for $1.98 - so they are probably that much for each. That way when they are way to ugly I don't feel bad throwing them!
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A small amount of copper sulphate in the water can go a long way. It tints the water blue, but it also keeps the algae growth at bay.
For my roosters, I have Blue Copper Marans, Black copper Marans, and White Silkie. And for hens I have silkies, Marans (Blue Black Splash Cuckoo), Red Sex links, Black Australorps, Naked Necks, ameraucanas, Easter eggers, buff orpingotns, Rhode Island reds and whites, white leghorns, brahmas, polish, and a lot more that I can't remember. I am charging $8 for half a dozen plus 2 and $14 for a dozen plus 2. Plus shipping.
Not according to the research I've done, as long as they're not overdosed on it. Acidified copper sulfate is used as a treatment for blackhead in poultry as well as a few other digestive issues and is much stronger. Non-acidified copper sulfate has been used for a very long time to maintain ponds as well as water dispensers for farm animals. I literally only use about 1/4 tsp - 1/2 tsp per 5 gallons of water.
QUOTE : "Hello All! I live in Tempe and had a question for everyone around this area. I am planning on hatching some paint silkies for easter and my question is what type of watering system do you use in the summer? I tried a plastic container with little nipples but the algae was constantly growing. Currently I'm using just a plastic tub and still find myself washing it out at least 3 times a week. If someone could give me some advice or post a photo of your watering system, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you."
Have you tried splashing a little bit of apple cider vinegar into the water? It helps to fight bacteria, and wont harm the chickens. It also makes them drink a little more, so that they can process food better. I use a 5 gallon bucket with nipples on it, and I only have to clean it one a month or so. In summer, I like to take ice cubes and put them in their waterers as well.
If it is chicken cooling off in general that you are concerned about, try freezing fruit and veggies in a block of ice in the freezer (NO citrus). Cantaloupe, Pomegranate halves, Watermelon, lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, veggie scraps. What I do is take a small bucket and fill it about 3 inches full of water, and put in whatever veggie scraps I have and stick the bucket/bowl in the freezer. Any time i need to add fruit/veggie scraps, i just add about 2-3 inches more water, and the scraps, and stick it back in the freezer.once it is full, you can give it to the chickens for a cooling chicken Popsicle. and it is entertaining to them.
Edited by Banaynaychicken - 2/11/16 at 7:09am