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I am having a terrible time keeping my waterers algae free in the heat of the summer.  I have read that putting a tsp of cholrine bleach for each gallon of water will help but I wasn't sure how to tell the concentration of the bleach to know if I should put less than that.

Does anyone add chlorine bleach to the water for their chickens to keep algae and slime growth down?

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I use about a half a tsp of Oxine per gallon to my chicken's water about every other fill.  It helps to keep it fresh and the slime away.

http://www.shagbarkbantams.com/oxine.htm

It's
an amazing product.

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smile I know that not everyone is going to run out and buy Oxine though, so here's a link that I found for bleach to water.

http://www.newjerusalem.com/PureWater.htm

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Originally Posted by Chicky Tocks 

I use about a half a tsp of Oxine per gallon to my chicken's water about every other fill.  It helps to keep it fresh and the slime away.

http://www.shagbarkbantams.com/oxine.htm

It's
an amazing product.


Where do you find Oxine? I read the article and that sounds like a great solution for me - I like the idea of keeping everything under the "approved organic" list

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If you can keep the water completely out of the sun you should not have problems with algae at least i don't.

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I bought mine from Smith's Poultry and Gamebird Supply

http://www.poultrysupplies.com/index_files/page0016.htm

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post #7 of 7

I use 1 teaspoon of bleach in my 5 gal. waterer. It seems to keep the slime down pretty good, and the chickens don't seem to mind. I also give it a good cleaning once a week.

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