Galvenized water feeder suddenly starting to "look" like rusting - what is problem?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by joyfulspirit, Apr 25, 2017.

  1. joyfulspirit

    joyfulspirit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 13, 2015
    Tomahawk, WI
    I have a galvenized watering container for our birds, I do add OACV to it each time we refresh water. Is the vinegar interacting with the container and putting forth the Rust color? I have scrubbed it and the rust color comes right off but then comes back . . never did this when we first bought it 2 years ago. Thanks! for input
  2. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 14, 2012
    Conway SC
    I can and all the canning instructions seem to say not to use a metal container when using vinegar---other than SS. I never add it to my chicken water. Your container sounds like the galvanized part has gotten weak or cracked. Why not use plastic, sawed off 5 gal buckets, etc?
  3. joyfulspirit

    joyfulspirit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 13, 2015
    Tomahawk, WI
    I can use plastic in warmer weather but in winter we put it on a heat base thus needing metal. Good points :)
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  4. treefarmer42

    treefarmer42 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 4, 2014
    Reading, PA
    Metal water cans are only good for winter on a heated base otherwise they are a yearly waste of $. Every year I would have to buy a new metal can for my coops costing $30-$40 each. Due to it being poorly made in China, rust and consist "funk" growing and stinking up the inside. Besides Winter time use only good thing about a metal watering can is they make fun targets for a shotgun. If your can lasted 2 years and you did not have to scrub it clean every refill then you have been lucky. My most hated part of a coop.:mad:
  5. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 8, 2008
    Fleetwood, PA
    24 years ago when I started with chickens, my galvanized water containers would last for several years. A few years ago I bought a Harris Farms one from TSC after using plastic on my heater for several years & it was gone in a year. Just last year I purchased one made by Miller Mfg. that is much better quality. It looks good so far after going through the winter. We will see how long it lasts.

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