Help with chicken waterer.......

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Jmeyer1313, May 25, 2017.

  1. Jmeyer1313

    Jmeyer1313 New Egg

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    Hello gang, as you can tell I'm a brand new member to BYC. here is my problem. I built a auto waterer last fall from a55 gallon drum... All went well all winter but as the temps rise I have now got algae in the drum...... What is my solution?
     
  2. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls BYC Fan Premium Member Project Manager

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    Welcome to BYC!

    Are you not able to scrub it out?
    Good ole soap and water?
     
  3. Jmeyer1313

    Jmeyer1313 New Egg

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    As of now... No...I tried to keep it as air tight as possible to keep any dirt out...I did have to cut a small hole to get my heater in there when the temps got really low...
     
  4. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls BYC Fan Premium Member Project Manager

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    Oh....so it is closed up so you can't actually just open one end to clean it?

    I have "heard" some people use ACV in their water to help prevent growth but can't say for sure if it works or not.

    Do you keep it in a shady area? that may help some?
     
  5. Jmeyer1313

    Jmeyer1313 New Egg

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    I have heard acv .... I'm assuming that's vinegar?. It gets very little sun... And I may have messed up by using a white drum..... That allows more light to get in... Rookie mistake
     
  6. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls BYC Fan Premium Member Project Manager

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    Apple cider vinegar.
    How many chickens do you have?
    That's sounds like a huge waterer.
     
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    Jmeyer1313 New Egg

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    Lol.. It is a huge water bucket.... We only have 11 birds... But I built everything to be able to slowly build our flock. I def don't fill the barrel all the way
     
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    CooksCritters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What if you use a brand new toilet brush and poke it through the small hole you cut in it? You could tape it a broom handle if its not long enough. Just a thought. Or maybe you could use vinegar . It might kill the algea. I know sometimes people put algea eaters (like that goes in your fish aquarium) in their stock tanks to help with algea, but I dont think that would work for you.
     
  10. WILIFORD

    WILIFORD Out Of The Brooder

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    I have built the same kind of waterer. If you add a 32 ounce bottle of organic apple cider vinegar to the 55 gallons of water, it will not only prevent algae, but is has several benefits to your chickens. ACV is also recommended for other livestock as well, goats, rabbits, dogs, humans, etc.
     
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