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How DO I keep the water in the Waterers from smelling?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Joe.G, Dec 27, 2013.

  1. Joe.G

    Joe.G Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, I change the water daily in some of my Coops and every other day in others, I use Metal 5 Gallon Waters, THey seem to get a bad smeel inside of them, is there anything I can do to stop this?
     
  2. cstronks

    cstronks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It sounds like it is just the waterer? The water shouldn't produce any foul smell - unless your tap water has an issue? I would try cleaning them out with soap and then seeing if the smell persists.
     
  3. Joe.G

    Joe.G Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes my Water is fine, I do clean them, out but it just seems that after a few days the smell is back, IS there anything I can add to the water?
     
  4. cstronks

    cstronks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am not aware of anything that can be added that will take the smell away and will not harm the birds. Just be careful in adding stuff, as it could have some type of effect on the chickens. Strange though. Have you considered switching to plastic waterers?
     
  5. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I use the metal waterers and get the same problem unless I bleach them out every 2 weeks. I pour straight bleach- a glug of it- into water inside the waterer to try to make a 1:10 solution and then scrub the whole thing down with a toilet brush (not used on toilets obviously :).

    I rinse well and this helps to keep the algae away in summer too (they can get algae poisoning I have read).

    This works for me! No stinky waterers!

    Be sure to rinse well as they cannot be drinking bleach water!
     
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2013
  6. chicksurreal

    chicksurreal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bleach mine as well, making sure to rinse very well before filling. I don't do it because of the smell, just to make sure nothing yucky is growing in there. [​IMG]
     
  7. Joe.G

    Joe.G Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'll clean them with Bleach, That is what I was thinking.
     
  8. snowflake

    snowflake Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if you have plastic waterers you can use vinegar about 1T per gallon. do not use in metal, I have red you can also use manna pro, this I have not tried. I usually clean mine every 2 days any how and with plastic and ACV(apple cider vinegar) I don't need to use bleach. Just brush them out with warm water or a rag
     
  9. Joe.G

    Joe.G Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'll Look into the Manna Pro. I never had a issue in till this year.
     

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