Bleach in water

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Angiebubs, Sep 8, 2011.

  1. Angiebubs

    Angiebubs Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 19, 2011
    Amery, WI WI/MN border
    I had a business years ago, raising exotic birds (parrots) and it was common practice to add a tsp of bleach to a gallon or so of water. (Discovered by Bird-man-of-Alcatraz) It helpedprevent and treat many issues. Does anyone know if this practice carries over to chickens?
  2. hennyannie

    hennyannie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2011
    North Carolina
    There was a thread on here recently about this. You may still be able to look it up.
  3. Chickie'sMoma

    Chickie'sMoma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 21, 2009
    Rochester, NH
    personally i wouldn't use it in their water. if you know how and why bleach was created you would know my reasons. i have Oxine AH on order to use for cleaning and adding to the water for my chickens and it is stronger (effective wise) than bleach but is safe around humans and pets while also being considered organic for use around food areas. just don't get the activating crystals. Speckled Hen has a thread about her use of it.
  4. Angiebubs

    Angiebubs Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 19, 2011
    Amery, WI WI/MN border
    awsome! I was able to find several postings on this topic... I will also investigate Oxine AH! Love this and answers within minutes!!!
  5. Chicky Monkey

    Chicky Monkey Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 18, 2011
    I use bleach water to clean my water dispensers. I always rinse well with fresh water, but I'm sure there is a trace of bleach left. I wouldn't intentionally add bleach to their water. Cleaning and giving fresh water every day should be sufficient, I would think. I always add vitamens to their water, too, but at half of what is recommended. I'm new to this, though, so listen to the more experienced, and if anyone thinks that what I do or suggest is wrong, please tell me so...I'm over 50; you won't hurt my feelings![​IMG]
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2011
  6. BellevueOmlet

    BellevueOmlet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2010
    I prefer apple cider vinegar. It does just as good of a job and is safer for the chickens.
  7. bloom_ss

    bloom_ss Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 23, 2011
    Spokane Valley, WA
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  8. saladin

    saladin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2009
    the South
    There are plenty of us that have raised chickens for years that use Bleach in our drinking waters.

    If city water:

    1 oz to 1 gallon of water

    If well water:

    2 oz to 1 gallon of water

    You have to use plastic waterers of some sort.

    I wouldn't think of giving water to my birds without Bleach in it. I'm sure the Oxine is good: perhaps even great. But for the money you can't beat Bleach.
  9. Animalian

    Animalian Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2011
    Grapefruit seed extract in the water if going all natural!

    The sell it as a water purifier in health food shops.

    It has anti bacterial, anti fungal, and anti viral properties.... and it stops any green goo growing in the water!!!!
  10. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 28, 2011
    I switch between oxine and apple cider vinegar.

    Bleach is poison, I'd never think about using it.
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2011

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