Do you rinse out your waterers or wash with soap & water?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Mrs.ChickChick, Jun 15, 2009.

  1. Mrs.ChickChick

    Mrs.ChickChick Songster

    May 23, 2009
    North central Illinois
    With the chicks, I wash every day, but once they go into the coop, how often should I wash out my waterers, vs. just rinsing out and refilling with fresh water?
  2. M@M@2four

    [email protected]@2four Songster

    Mar 12, 2008
    I actually keep a squirt bottle of bleach/water mix right at my sink--when I open, I spray inside and on the base and scrub quickly with a long brush--that mold can grow really quickly, especially in warmer temps! I do it every day in the summer and warm weather and every other day in fall and winter! [​IMG]
  3. Carolina

    Carolina In the Brooder

    Mar 31, 2009
    I was wondering the same thing. Thank you.

    What about when we build that big waterer from buckets (my sons are doing that right now) and they are filled weekly. Does mold grow that quickly?
  4. SproutGirl

    SproutGirl Songster

    Apr 3, 2008
    Missoula, Montana
    I've never seen mold in our waterers. Just random things that the birds might scratch into the water.

    Some people put a little apple cider vinegar in the water to prevent algae from growing. I've never had algae grow in our waterer either, though. I have however started using vinegar because it is supposed to be healthy for the birds.

    We only rinse our waterers out with fresh water. Every couple of days when we refill them.
  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Rinse mostly, but carry a scrubber every other day or so to get the gunk out.
  6. a2ms4chickens

    a2ms4chickens Songster

    Dec 16, 2007
    Tucson, AZ
    During the week, I rinse out the waterers and scrub the insides to get the gunk out.

    But on the weekends, when we clean the pen, I wash all the waterers and feeders with soapy water.
  7. cluckychick

    cluckychick Songster

    Mar 29, 2008
    South of KCMO
    Mine get washed when they look like it's time to wash them. Other than that we just rinse and refill. I add apple cider vinegar to the water when we refill it. [​IMG]
  8. SilverStar

    SilverStar Songster

    May 4, 2009
    I change the baby chicks water everyday and clean them out everyday. With my older hens, i change the water everyday and use soap to clean it 2 - 3 times a week. [​IMG]
  9. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Crowing

    Feb 28, 2009
    Syracuse, NY
    When they were chicks I washed them. Now I change the water twice a day so nothing sits in them very long. I make sure there is fresh water every night so I don't have to change it first thing in the morning 6:30am
  10. chickenbottom

    chickenbottom Songster

    Dec 30, 2008
    hollister, florida
    mine get cleaned twice a week with bleach the lime stuff i dont remember what its called at the top of my head for my 22 weekers and older
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2009

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