Copper pipe in water bottle

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by VeronaSarah, Aug 8, 2014.

  1. VeronaSarah

    VeronaSarah Hatching

    Dec 26, 2012
    I am new to this site. My niece who raises chickens recommended you as "chickperts!" I have guinea pigs. They have water bottles that get very slimy with bacteria. They have indoor and outdoor cages. The outdoor bottle gets a little sun and some algae too. A local chicken owner told me to put a small piece of copper pipe in the bottles. It seems to do the trick. As we drink water from copper pipes, he feels this is safe. Does anyone have any experience or thoughts? Thanks, Sarah
  2. WeBeCluckin

    WeBeCluckin In the Brooder

    Aug 4, 2014
    Spokane Wa
    Hi Sarah, no expert here but I know many keepers swear by adding a bit of apple cider vinegar to the water as an antibacterial/algae preventative. Apparently it's a good tonic for people too so can't think it would hurt guinea pigs. Not sure on the amount to add but you can try a site search and see what some recommend. I've never heard of putting a copper pipe in water...interesting!
  3. Chicken 3033

    Chicken 3033 In the Brooder

    Apple cider vinegar really works! Tried it once and now I just add a bit to the chicken's water, haven't had a problem since! Probably will work for guineas waterer to.
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2014
  4. jaseyboy1986

    jaseyboy1986 In the Brooder

    Aug 7, 2014
    Norfolk, UK
    I use apple cider vinegar too in my chickens water. I use just a small amount, perhaps 25ml in 2L of water twice a week. It seems to do the job, the water dispenser is free from any visible algae and it's a good tonic for the chickens and also helps fight mites etc. (I believe). I always try to keep on top of cleaning the dispensers by giving them a thorough clean when we refil it.

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