Galvanized waterer rusting-problem??

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Lesa, Sep 22, 2010.

  1. Lesa

    Lesa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use the nice plastic waterers in the warm months- but I need the galvanized ones for the heater in the winter. The first one I bought lasted a couple years, I saw that it was getting rusty. I bought a replacement. This one got rusty in a matter of months. If I keep it washed out, is there a problem with it being rusty?? Don't want to hurt my birds- but getting tired of spending money on these things that don't last....
     
  2. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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    do you add anything to the water like electrolytes??? that can eat at the metal-anything acidic
     
  3. kla37

    kla37 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The guy at the feed store here told me that if I was going to use ACV every day in their water then I should use a plastic waterer. Do you put ACV in the water? It will damage metal. I do use a metal feed dispenser though...
     
  4. Lesa

    Lesa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I learned that the hard way- should have mentioned that... This has not ever had ACV in it...
     
  5. kla37

    kla37 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe it's just a yucky brand or cheep metal. Try a new brand?
     
  6. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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    yah I love mine-never had a rust issue-
     
  7. bgelber

    bgelber Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is the reason my husband won't let me buy a galvanized water. He says no matter what it will rust, it's just a matter of time.
     
  8. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A lot depends on you water, if it is on the acidic side it will rust the waterer a bit faster. Mine all rust a little in time, don't let it bother me and it doesn't seem to bother the chickens. Once it rusts through I toss it and buy new--once every 10 years or so.
     
  9. Lesa

    Lesa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, woodmort! That is what I was hoping, but it does my heart good to hear someone else say it!
     
  10. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    You can paint them
     

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