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Automatic Water

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by karen71, Jul 28, 2011.

  1. karen71

    karen71 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok so I searched but can't seem to find any information on this.
    My DH made an automatic waterer for the girls using a rain barrel that collects the rain water then feeds into a halved pvc pipe. All seems to be working fine then we thought about the possibility of bacteria from sitting water / it doesn't sit forever but it does take them some time to drink down the barrel . Does anyone know if there is any issues with possible bacteria or anything I could put in the water to make it safe for the girls that is natural . Poss apple cider vinegar ???
    Up for any suggestions .
     
  2. sixty7x

    sixty7x Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm not sure how long water can sit for, but heat does make it go bad faster. When in doubt give them fresh water everyday. Some automatic watering setups will replenish the entire container everyday no matter what is used. ACV helps with keeping water longer, but again I don't know how much longer. Where are you collecting rainwater from? asphalt shingles? if so, give the water a look. It may have some oil in it. I personally wouldn't drink water collected from asphalt shingles. We use rain water for flower beds.
     
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  3. karen71

    karen71 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will take a look at it see if oily -this one was built by DH works with a float so I believe as they drink more water comes in .
     

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