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Using Bleach In Water To Cure Disease???

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I went to my local feed store the other day to put together a "just in case" kit for my chickens. I expected to purchase some sort of antibiotic for any respiratory issues or internal infections along with other things that I thought I needed for this kit.

I was told that putting a 1/4 cap full of bleach in one gallon of water will cure such things as cocci, respiratory illness, internal infections and such. Is this a true statement??

Thank you for any information you can give me. I do have some Agrimycin left over from a year ago which I used on my quail for some minor infection and didn't know if it would work for things other than respiratory infections. 

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Originally Posted by twocrowsranch 

I went to my local feed store the other day to put together a "just in case" kit for my chickens. I expected to purchase some sort of antibiotic for any respiratory issues or internal infections along with other things that I thought I needed for this kit.

I was told that putting a 1/4 cap full of bleach in one gallon of water will cure such things as cocci, respiratory illness, internal infections and such. Is this a true statement??

Thank you for any information you can give me. I do have some Agrimycin left over from a year ago which I used on my quail for some minor infection and didn't know if it would work for things other than respiratory infections. 

-Leyla smile


I've heard of it being used, but personally I wouldnt if I had a problem with one of my chickens. Using bleach on soil where cocci oocysts are, would be ineffective...only ammonia can kill them. I would think the same would be true for a cocci infected chick/chicken. For CRD, I dont see how to treat that...put bleachwater in the lungs? Same for nasal and eye problems resulting from CRD issues. Maybe for bacterial infections in the guts, I can see a use for it. Even then, I still wouldnt use it...but that's me. ETA: I also believe it would kill good bacteria as well as bad bacteria.


Edited by dawg53 - 7/8/11 at 6:57pm


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I've done some reading on this site, and there are differing opinions on adding bleach to drinking water. Here are some BYC members' thoughts on this http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=452942&p=1  The dose I have seen is 1 teaspoon per gallon of water, as a cleaning agent and not for treating illnesses once they occur  - the 1/4 cup suggested to you seems really excessive. While bleach can kill germs that cause illness, I have never heard of using it to treat illness. We'll see if others on here have...

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Originally Posted by RhodeIslandRedFan 

I've done some reading on this site, and there are differing opinions on adding bleach to drinking water. Here are some BYC members' thoughts on this http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=452942&p=1  The dose I have seen is 1 teaspoon per gallon of water, as a cleaning agent and not for treating illnesses once they occur  - the 1/4 cup suggested to you seems really excessive. While bleach can kill germs that cause illness, I have never heard of using it to treat illness. We'll see if others on here have...


Wow, thanks RhodeIslandRedFan, that was one informative post. I am a bit nervous about using bleach in the water myself. Although all this information does give you something to think about. Thank you very much for the link to that post! smile


Edited by TwoCrows - 7/8/11 at 6:43pm
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post #5 of 23

Yeah, it might be good for the roses but I don't know about the chickens!  lol  I do put a little splash into our fountain for the algae but I know animals drink out of it so I don't put in much.

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A lot of people I know are very positive about the benefits of putting bleach in water. Say it stops a lot of disease problems immediately. And is a great preventative.

Here's a copy of a PM.

We were discussing this on the Washingtonians thread.

http://www.westvet.com/collibacilliosis.htm
Not
just me, but the WSU lab.  you must remember chicken lick poop in their water, and that most of us have BIG fonts, the chlorine in the water dissapates quickly as it is in it's natural state, a gas.
That is why if you have aquiarium fish, you can let tap water sit (like in a 5 gallon bucket ) and the chlorine with evape out within 24 hrs.
I have raised fish all my life.
On top of that, most of us have well water, and therein lies the perfect recipe for e.coli to spread through a water font, or in our case, well water storage tank.
We now chlorine out water before it goes in to the tank, instead of before it comes into the house.


From the Society of the Preservation of Poultry Antiqities

Add 1 oz Clorox bleach to each gallon of drinking
water if birds are healthy: add 2 oz Clorox bleach to each
gallon of drinking water if birds are sick. Birds transmit
bacteria to one another mainly through their drinking founts.
The bleach will kill these nasty little bugs. Periodically, you will
need to empty and clean the water founts because the salts
that are in the bleach will build up in their water. Use plastic
founts/buckets when utilizing bleach. The bleach will rust out
metal founts extremely fast.


Hope this helps,

Imp

 

 

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If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit,

for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man.

All things are connected.
Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth.

 

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post #7 of 23

Interesting.  I always thought chlorine evaporated after awhile.  It does sound more like a sanitary and preventive step.

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Originally Posted by Imp 

A lot of people I know are very positive about the benefits of putting bleach in water. Say it stops a lot of disease problems immediately. And is a great preventative.

Here's a copy of a PM.

We were discussing this on the Washingtonians thread.

http://www.westvet.com/collibacilliosis.htm
Not
just me, but the WSU lab.  you must remember chicken lick poop in their water, and that most of us have BIG fonts, the chlorine in the water dissapates quickly as it is in it's natural state, a gas.
That is why if you have aquiarium fish, you can let tap water sit (like in a 5 gallon bucket ) and the chlorine with evape out within 24 hrs.
I have raised fish all my life.
On top of that, most of us have well water, and therein lies the perfect recipe for e.coli to spread through a water font, or in our case, well water storage tank.
We now chlorine out water before it goes in to the tank, instead of before it comes into the house.


From the Society of the Preservation of Poultry Antiqities

Add 1 oz Clorox bleach to each gallon of drinking
water if birds are healthy: add 2 oz Clorox bleach to each
gallon of drinking water if birds are sick. Birds transmit
bacteria to one another mainly through their drinking founts.
The bleach will kill these nasty little bugs. Periodically, you will
need to empty and clean the water founts because the salts
that are in the bleach will build up in their water. Use plastic
founts/buckets when utilizing bleach. The bleach will rust out
metal founts extremely fast.


Hope this helps,

Imp


Hmmm.....Now I am starting to change my tune. It does make sense. I am thinking I may give it a try. Thanks Imp smile

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post #9 of 23

Hmmm.....Now I am starting to change my tune. It does make sense. I am thinking I may give it a try. Thanks Imp


I should add that I do not use bleach in my water, but I have a tiny flock, just 2 right now. So disease can't run my flock, it's just 1 step. lol
And I've never had a problem, but I saved the info because of the positive comment from some pretty sharp people.

Imp

 

 

If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit,

for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man.

All things are connected.
Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth.

 

       ― Chief Seattle

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If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit,

for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man.

All things are connected.
Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth.

 

       ― Chief Seattle

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post #10 of 23

So depending on where you live or get your water, how much would be too much, if the water is already "treated" and would that small of an amount of bleach really mess with the metal waterers, or the metal in the nipple watering systems???

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