City water safe for ducklings?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by PotatoWaffles, Feb 10, 2015.

  1. PotatoWaffles

    PotatoWaffles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was wondering if anyone had experience with using city tap water for ducklings. I know ducks, especially ducklings, are sensitive to chemicals. I'm sure it varies from city to city, but I'm from a super small town, and ours tastes like pool water and leaves calcium deposits like crazy. It's seriously blegh. I'm wondering whether I shouldn't set out bowls of water overnight to at least let the chlorine evaporate out. Or should I be paranoid and just buy distiller water? The only problem is that the closest store is 20 miles away. I'll also be adding vitamin supplements and Brewers yeast.
     
  2. needlessjunk

    needlessjunk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've only used city water for mine. I figure if it is safe for me to drink it it is safe for my ducks.
     
  3. PotatoWaffles

    PotatoWaffles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, I think I am just being paranoid. But I will at least set their water out overnight to evaporate the chlorine.
     
  4. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    I would set it out overnight. I used to do that when we had a tiny pond and city water. There were goldfish in the pond. Probably not necessary, but yes, some places use loads of chlorine. And Storey's Guide says too much chlorine can kill beneficial gut flora.
     
  5. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Have you considered long term trying a rain barrel system? It might be a decent alternative in the future.
     
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  6. PotatoWaffles

    PotatoWaffles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We actually do have a couple rain barrels, but it hasn't rained lately, just snowed. We don't have the hooked up to the gutters at the moment either, since our gutters fell off from the weight of the icicles.
     
  7. PtJudeRI

    PtJudeRI Out Of The Brooder

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    If you have a lot of chlorine in your water, I would let it sit out for a while before you give it to the ducks. The chlorine will naturally evaporate out of the water in a short amount of time.
     

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