cleaning 55 gal plastic drums to use as watering system for chickens

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by bighoss, May 2, 2017.

  1. bighoss

    bighoss New Egg

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    Found a really nice set up for using 55 gal drums for watering my chickens but I'm wandering what is the best way to clean a used drum so it will be safe for my birds? thanks
     
  2. Wandercreek

    Wandercreek Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That would depend on what it previously held. Do you know what that was?
     
  3. bighoss

    bighoss New Egg

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    Got it from a farmer it had something in that cleans dairy cows teats
     
  4. Wandercreek

    Wandercreek Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would assume then that cleaning it shouldn't be a big issue. Soap and water. Perhaps a vinegar or hydrogen peroxide rinse? I'm not exactly sure, but this is what comes to mind. I don't know a thing about dairy cows. [​IMG] I think I'd make sure that whatever it previously held was non-toxic.
     
  5. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    Log onto the WWW and find the plastic code for used plastic containers. Since the barrel in question was used to ship and store a chemical used for cleaning the milk faucets of dairy cows I seriously doubt that it contains anything terribly toxic
     
  6. bighoss

    bighoss New Egg

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    Thanks for the help I'll look into it.
     

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