A little H-20 help?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by slickmikeh, Dec 21, 2012.

  1. slickmikeh

    slickmikeh New Egg

    Dec 21, 2012
    I would like to have a few people get envolved in this question. Please all reply. How do i use bleach to keep water in the chickens and goats pens clean. I have 2 water containers i use one 10 gallon tank and the other 15 gallon tank. I need those 2 tanks clean w/ clean water to give to animals. So whats the break down on bleach per each gallon of water?? Thanks to all that reply and know that this backyard web forrum is the best and is the only informational tool i use for my animals questions and reseach.
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    I've heard of people using bleach, but I prefer adding a little Apple Cider Vinegar to the chickens' water. Not in a metal container though, it corrodes the metal. Here's an interesting discussion on using bleach that you can look at while you wait for more responses:

  3. lbrtyldy

    lbrtyldy Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 18, 2011
    Hm, i have been using ACV in a metal waterer for over a year and have not noticed any issues. Guess I'll have to rethink that.
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Cleaning out water devices, once a month, let's say with a bleach solution is a pretty good thing, in my experience. A little actually goes a long way, say a cup to a 5 gal bucket of cleaning water to scrub things out good. As far as using a bit of bleach to chlorinate the water, I'm not sure about that. I don't really want much chlorine in my animals drinking water. By the time the solution ratio was high enough to be effective against algae it would pretty strong smelling, I would think. Just my take.
  5. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    I've done a bit of reading about the effects of ACV on metal and some metal, like stainless steel, handle it better, but I play it safe and stick with plastic!
  6. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    Jun 1, 2009
    ACV (in fact any acid) will eat the Zinc Oxide coating off of Galvanized Metal.


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