Algae and Waterer

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by rlc5925, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. rlc5925

    rlc5925 New Egg

    4
    1
    9
    Nov 12, 2011
    Looking for suggestions on what I can add to my waterers to reduce or eliminate algae build up. Thanks
     
  2. countrygoddess

    countrygoddess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Unfiltered apple cider vinegar "with the mother" (Bragg's brand or homemade, are two examples) is an excellent additive to both help acidify the gut for better digestion and gut health and to reduce the occurrence of algae in the water. There will still be some, particularly if the waterer is out in the daylight, but it will be more manageable.
     
  3. rlc5925

    rlc5925 New Egg

    4
    1
    9
    Nov 12, 2011
    countrygoddess
    Thanks, any suggestion on mixing rate?
     
  4. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

    3,519
    70
    201
    May 28, 2011
    Foothills of NC
    The algae is not harmful to the birds in any way. I use metal waterers which really don't allow algae to grow.
     
  5. countrygoddess

    countrygoddess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oh, just a tablespoon-ish per gallon. I have a 5 gallon waterer and I usually just put in a glug from my mason jar. Don't use it in galvanized waterers, though.
     
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2012
  6. BOrion

    BOrion Chillin' With My Peeps

    121
    13
    94
    Mar 31, 2012
    Yep, I agree with vinegar. Used it all last summer in my outdoor waterer. Just a glug from my mason jar in a five gallon bucket did the trick. Very healthy as well. Also started using it in my bird fountain in the yard. Works great.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by