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cleaning feeders and waterers

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by TheChickMan, Mar 17, 2012.

  1. TheChickMan

    TheChickMan In the Brooder

    Mar 12, 2012
    How do you clean your feeders and waterers. Do you use bleach. How often do you give them a really good scrubbing?

  2. BairleaFarm

    BairleaFarm Songster

    May 3, 2011
    Georgetown, KY
    New chicks get the waters washed every other day in the dish washer. All other birds i just hose off when they get dirty. I dont bother with the duck waterers unless they are poopy for some reason.
  3. TheChickMan

    TheChickMan In the Brooder

    Mar 12, 2012
    will bleach hurt them. if not how much could i use. ratios?
  4. CarolJ

    CarolJ Dogwood Trace Farm

    Jun 3, 2011
    Middle Tennessee
    I would not put a chicken waterer or feeder in my dishwasher. [​IMG] But that's just me. I handle all the feeders and waterers outside at a faucet. I rinse them out each time I fill them. If they get dirty I have a bristle-brush I use to scrub them. I use a bleach solution (maybe a tablespoon per gallon) if I feel they need it.
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  5. mikecnorthwest

    mikecnorthwest Songster

    Mar 27, 2009
    Vancouver, WA
    My Coop
    I just rinse them when they look dirty. Sometimes I need to scrub off some stubborn dirt or poop. I've never used soap or bleach for the adult feeder/waterer but do use soap on the chick's feeder/waterer when I start a new flock.
  6. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Crowing

    Are you asking about adding bleach to their drinking water or using a bleach solution to clean with? Just using some in the wash water to clean then rinsing thoroughly won't hurt them at all.

    I rinse out my waterer every day when I change it and give it a good scrub with dish soap and hot water maybe once a month. I generally don't use bleach at all unless I've had a sick bird.

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  7. TheChickMan

    TheChickMan In the Brooder

    Mar 12, 2012
    about bleach in the cleaning solution. I used soap and water to clean the quart jar i had but since i moved the 8 chicks to the new brooder i upgraded to a 1 gallon waterer.

  8. tlagnhoj

    tlagnhoj In the Brooder

    Apr 9, 2010
    Why is that?

    I have two of each and rotate them every couple of days. They get washed in the dishwasher on their "off days." Or in the sink with hot soapy water if I'm not running the dishwasher or there's not enough room in it for them (they take up a lot of room). (FWIW, my feeders and waterers are plastic. I wouldn't put the galvanized in the dishwasher.) I don't use bleach unless I think there's a need to disinfect beyond the capabilities of the dishwasher. But given the heat treatment any bugs would get in there, I'm pretty confident things are dying.
  9. Maggie C

    Maggie C Chirping

    Jan 26, 2012
    Largo, FL
    I wash my plastic waterer every few days with hot soapy water just because I think they are yucky looking. The galvanized one I rinse out a couple of times a week but really only wash it thoroughly about once a month; it has copper on it to deter algae growth. Also [​IMG]
  10. mendocinosunris

    mendocinosunris Chirping

    Feb 11, 2012
    Hopland, CA
    @david -
    "Chickens? Ive got a couple or 50 plus 30 chicks plus peeps hatching ..."
    Now that is awesome chicken math :lau

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