Cleaning feeder/waterers?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Moselle, Feb 21, 2008.

  1. Moselle

    Moselle Songster

    Jan 17, 2008
    How, with what, and how often do you clean your waterers and feeders? For chicks? Grown chickens?
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    I rinse mine good everytime I fill them. They don't seem to get as nasty in the winter as they do in summer. In summer I use antibacterial dish detergent and scrub them once a week.
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2008
  3. Settin'_Pretty

    Settin'_Pretty Songster

    Feb 10, 2008
    North Georgia
    I raised chickens for several years in Georgia and always used a little bleach in water in a half drum.
    I also added 1 teaspoon of bleach to a gallon waterer when I refilled them.
    I was told to do this by the old timers, and never had a sick bird.

    I've seen an occasional post on here criticizing the use of bleach, but I disagree, it worked for me over several years on an average of about 130 chickens.
    I never lost a bird to sickness.
    I had well water, not city water.
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2008
  4. 1acrefarm

    1acrefarm Songster

    Nov 3, 2007
    I have a toilet brush to scrub with. It is never used for toilets. I occasionally bleach the water buckets to rid and prevent any mess or algae. I sometimes use dishwashing liquid to clean feed containers with. I do not have a certain schedule I kind of wing it and do it on an as needed basis. Any chick waterers and feeders get scrubbed and sanitized after the chicks leave brooder and scrubbed as needed (which is alot) with hot water and dish liquid while they are in brooder.
  5. ksacres

    ksacres At Your Service

    Nov 16, 2007
    San Antonio TX
    I'm sure everyone is different, but this is what I do:

    Waterers for chicks-every other day, using dish soap, rinsed daily

    Feeders for chicks-never, ok, not never, but only when actually dirty with poo

    Waterers for adults-when they get dirty in winter, twice a week with dish soap in summer, rinsed daily though

    Feeders-only when dirty with poo

    I'm not picky about the feeders, but clean water is a must
  6. bigzio

    bigzio Crowing

    Jan 20, 2007
    I have a number of waterers that I replace daily. I wash them with dish soap daily. I have enough waterers that I can carry out a clean full one, and bring back the others to wash and have ready for the next day. Fresh clean water for the flock is a good practice to get into.

  7. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    I do the waterers every time I refill them. The toilet brush idea sounds good, I'll get one. I do swish and dump the water in the tray every day.
  8. Moonwalker

    Moonwalker Songster

    Jan 9, 2008
    Washburn, MO
    feeders get dumped if there is poo in them and if they have poo on the outside, it's a quick session with the light setting on the pressure washer. Same for the bases of the waterers. I rinse the jugs for the waterers when I fill them and wash them out with dish soap about once a week. If I am going to store them or use them for a different batch of chickens, then I disinfect with either bleach water or Novalsan solution.

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