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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by kowell275, Jul 25, 2011.
HI I keep on getting algae in my chickens water dish haw do I fix it I keep it outside in the run.
Chickens need fresh water daily. In order to keep the algea out, clean and replace fresh water everyday. I only fill my 5 gallon 1/4 of the way and I add ice to keep it cool longer. I keep the waterer in the shade.
Have to scrub it out and as mentioned "Clean water daily" if you add a little ACV (1 tbs per gal) to the water it will help deter but not stop it and it is good for your birds.
Keeping in the shade as much as ya can. I build a little A framed for mine. I took an old piece of 3/4 plywood that was 3 ft wide and 8 ft long. at the 4ft center I cut the plywood cross ways at a 45 angle. then nailed the angle together, then add a 2x4 half down the plywood on each end for support. When it's stops raining I'll take a pic of it. My chickens and turkeys love it. When its hot out they have shade and cool,clear water. and when it's not to hot they have a place to perch, which also helps keep then from perching on top on the water-er and not poop in it.
Take this for what is worth, some people obsess over watering their chickens. Granted I am not in any way saying they are wrong for doing that. My flock has 2 waterers, a 3gal inside the coop which I put iceblocks in on hot days and a pvc homemade gravity one in the run which I fill with clean water every day. So that being said after a heavy rain storm,talking torrential here, the girls are out drinking out of the muddy puddles. Now I know that there is no way that this is the cleanest water that is available. Even though I tell them not to drink it they don't listen. I wouldn't get worried about a little algae. Not to mention my hens were wrestling a toad into pieces the other day,cant imagine that they are the cleanest critter either. Chickens do what chickens do!
Quote:Ditto. I am not about to change 9 gallons of water daily when they will drink out of every mud puddle they can find.
A few drops of bleach per gallon also cuts down of the algae some too.
Here the pic I hope this works and helps.
I scrub my plastic waterers with a brush once a week in the hot season and once a month or thereabouts I soak the freshly scrubbed waterers in a bucket of water/bleach solution for a few minutes before refilling. Cures the algae problem.
I keep extra waterers on hand for every coop and every day I switch them out with fresh clean ones. NO work needed! All I do is fill my laundry room tub with water and a little bleach, throw all the used ones in there to soak over night, rinse them and set them up on a clean towel to air dry. Leaving them soak overnight keeps from having to wash and scrub them And everyone has clean water daily with minimal work on my part
Thanks guys, I just started scrubbing my waters with bleach, and was thinking about putting 3-4 drops a gallon to help kill any germs (since despite my best efforts and changes morning and night, there is always a little gift from the girls in there). I store water and put 3-4 drops in it but our use, so I didn't think it would hurt the chickens. Glad to see that someone else has done it aggie.