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clorox in water?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by crazyhen, Sep 10, 2008.

  1. crazyhen

    crazyhen Crowing

    Aug 26, 2008
    mtns of ,NC.
    The manager of a farm supply said that when my chicks get well to put a tablespoon of clorox in the gallon water feeder and they would stay healthy. How do you all feel about that? Jean

  2. Henrietta23

    Henrietta23 Songster

    Oct 20, 2007
    Eastern CT
    I don't remember ever reading that suggestion on here. I wouldn't do it personally. Sounds deadly!
  3. chickiebaby

    chickiebaby Songster

    Jan 2, 2008
    western mass
    No no no!
  4. keljonma

    keljonma Songster

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
    I would not want to drink clorox water - [​IMG]

    I would prefer to use apple cider vinegar. I think P.K. Theodore suggests using Oxine AH, (15 drops to 1 gallon waer). I've read that Oxine FP, a non-rinse sanitizer, is used by some brewers. [A little OT, Ace Chemical (Acechem.com) says on their website that they sell Oxine FP to the organic food industry and poultry industry. They have Oxine FP for $15/gallon IF you purchase a case of 4, if you just purchase 1 gallon, it is $25.]

    I actually just saw an article online yesterday about this subject. I will see if I can find it and repost.....
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2008
  5. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    sounds like he took the suggestion of putting bleach in your well ( a little bleach with oh say 1000 gallons of water) and "helped" start a new idiotic idea.
  6. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    Not deadly. Usually the reason one puts clorox in the water is to keep algae from growing. Keeping your waterer out of the sun will help, using ACV will also help. We do use bleach in our big cattle tanks (1 cup to 150 gallons) but, I have never had to use it in the smaller animal dishes. Big tanks with floats on them so they stay full are hard to clean whereas, smaller feeders are easier. If you do have trouble or your water has a high bacteria rate then consider the bleach. I'm not sure I would go as strong as the feed man said though.
  7. Meesh

    Meesh Songster

    Feb 12, 2008
    Rocky Mountains

  8. NMbirds

    NMbirds Songster

    Aug 17, 2008
    Abiquiu, New Mexico
    yes to apple cider vinegar (organic or natural only) and no to clorox, for sure!
  9. Henrietta23

    Henrietta23 Songster

    Oct 20, 2007
    Eastern CT
    Reminds me, we had to treat our well for bacteria using clorine bleach and were told not to drink the water for a good long time after doing it. And the proportion of bleach to water was much less that what the farm supply guy suggested.
    I'm now using the unprocessed apple cider vinegar regularly here.
    What are your birds sick with?
  10. camjac

    camjac Songster

    Jun 22, 2008
    Northeast Ohio
    I think if you just keep your waterer clean you shouldn't have a problem. I know I wouldn't want to drink clorox water. Maybe clean the waterer with bleach and then rinse it really well.

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