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Hard or Soft?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Anna_MN, Dec 11, 2011.

  1. Anna_MN

    Anna_MN Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 4, 2011
    Princeton, MN
    One of my chickens recently became ill. The only thing I can think of is that I had been filling her waterer with hard water since I got her. Then my father filled her waterer with softened water. Does this make a difference?
  2. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    Jun 1, 2009
    Quote:It doesn't make a difference, my chickens are on hard water and I have never had a problem with it.

  3. ashleeford

    ashleeford Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 18, 2011
    Danville Kentucky
    I Dont think that would make a difference We have soft water but the farm were I have got most of my birds has hard water. And they are all still quite plump and healthy, water is water. I would say she just got sick beacuse she got exposed to some virus or bacteria
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2011
  4. OwensMom

    OwensMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 4, 2009
    CO Western Slope
    If the soft water came from a water softener the water will have a high salt content. Some softeners use Potassium to soften the water but commonly sodium is used. Potassium is also a salt but seems to be less problematic. If the water is naturally soft that may be another story. I don't know about naturally soft water. Never been blessed with it!!

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