Bleach in chicken water

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Tootie123, Aug 20, 2012.

  1. coffeenutdesign

    coffeenutdesign Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2012
    Quote: That's interesting..and good to know.
  2. Shelz

    Shelz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 20, 2012
    S.E. Iowa
    How much APV do you all use in the drinking water?
  3. Achickenwrangler#1

    Achickenwrangler#1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 7, 2011
    west virginia
    I have never used bleach or soap on any waterer, if it gets a little slimy I grab a handful of grass and scrub it out, then rinse it. I use rain water. I ferment feed with acv and use metal water cans so can't put acv in there. My chickens love to scratch and eat bugs in manure and drink out of mud puddles so I don't think a little dirt and algae will hurt them any. If i put chemicals in their water, they prob wouldn't drink it.
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  4. KristinLLB

    KristinLLB Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 26, 2012
    How can you tell that it has inoculated the regular ACV?
  5. mickey328

    mickey328 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2012
    Northern Colorado
    I plan on using about a teaspoon each morning when we clean the dish and give them fresh water. The dish probably holds about half a gallon.

    As for the inoculation, I'm not sure :( I haven't yet tried it) I shouldn't think it would take long, though...a day or two at room temp should do the trick. What I plan to do I use the "good" stuff, I'll top off the bottle with the less expensive stuff. I'll pour maybe half a cup into another bottle to use on a daily basis and then top off the original bottle. By the time the half cup is gone, I'll repeat the procedure. That should give it a good week to "soak"

    I'm hoping it works as well as making yogurt does...I made a quart yesterday and I left it to incubate for about 7 hours and it was great! Now that I've got that started I won't be buying yogurt for either us or the girls again.
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2012
  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    When I tried to keep the waterer clean they scorned it and drank from the ducks' pool, the puddles, the horse trough, etc. I no longer worry about it and figure they like the algae. I hose the mud out of the bottom every week or so when I refill (darn ducks) and let the water overflow to make puddles and a little creek through the run. All the birds flock to that, none gather to drink the nice crystal water I just filled. Go figure.
  7. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 8, 2008
    Fleetwood, PA
    That's why I don't live in a city. I know why it is done, but yuck on the bleach for the chickens.
  8. Rebel Soldier

    Rebel Soldier Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 18, 2012
    I have been using the bleach method on my Game Cocks for 40 years with no problems. I, too, were told this trick by a old timer. The vinegar method I am going to have to try. Believe it or not, I guess a old dog can learn new tricks!

    NYREDS Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 14, 2008
    For many years we had a flock of Tunis Sheep. When it rained heavily a stream of dark brown "water" ran through the sheep'e barnyard. Any chickens that were running loose at the time seemed to prefer that brown "water" to what I provided for them. Thet remained perfectly healthy: no bleach, no vinegar. I don't see how a tablespoon of vinegar could hurt anything but I also have trouble seeing how it could be of much benefit. If you do the math I think you'll find that a tablespoon of vinegar in a gallon of water doesn't change the ph much.
  10. Achickenwrangler#1

    Achickenwrangler#1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 7, 2011
    west virginia
    I have only one of those plastic water things, mostly for the chicks, it says it holds a gallon, well you know the kind that you have to flip over and dump it all on the ground because they don't twist so easily. So now it's just metal five gallons so just water,no additives, no complaints.

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