How to prevent algae build-up in nipple waterer?? Help!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Lark Rise, Aug 12, 2011.

  1. Lark Rise

    Lark Rise Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 22, 2011
    East Central Georgia
    We made several nipple waterers that are attached to 5 gallon buckets. How do you prevent gross algae build-up in it? [​IMG]
    Some of the nipples are now clogged. Please advise......

    Last edited: Aug 12, 2011
  2. MakNugget

    MakNugget Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 31, 2010
    Portland, OR
    You want to use a reservoir that is dark, to avoid light transmission, because that's what algae needs to propagate. Preferably placed in shade, or maybe make an enclosure to keep light out.
  3. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

    May 6, 2010
    My Coop
    I agree with MakNugget; block the sunlight. I wrapped my 5 gal. waterer in Reflectix bubble insulation (left over from building my coop). I drop a frozen gallon jug of water inside to keep the water cool for the birds too when the temps start getting close to 110+. After nearly a year, I haven't had any algae at all inside.

  4. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    I've also read of putting just a tiny bit of bleach in the water, but am uncertain of the amount. [​IMG]
  5. MakNugget

    MakNugget Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 31, 2010
    Portland, OR
    About 1/2 tsp per 5 gal, but prevention by blocking out light is best, and chlorinating should be used as last resort IMO.
  6. Neil Grassbaugh

    Neil Grassbaugh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 1, 2008
    Quote:Best idea of all. Because of the reflective nature of the product, warming the water by radiant enegy is nearly eliminated in the summer . And the insulation helps slow down freezing in the winter by preventing conduction. In addition to that if the birds are pecking at the insulation the nipples are to low. (May not be a valid point if the pirds are of different sizes.)

    Remember it takes three things for algae to grow. Light, Nutrients, Water. Deprive it of any one and it cannot live.
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2011
  7. KenK

    KenK Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2011
    Quote:What I want to know is how you get grass to grow like this when chickens are anywhere in the vicinity.
  8. southerndesert

    southerndesert B & M Chicken Ranch

    Jun 17, 2011
    Morristown, AZ
    White PVC will allow light transfer and algae will grow in the pipe your nipples are installed into.... White garden hose has this same issue and is the reason irrigation hose is always black in yards, parks, etc. Use dark hose or somehow darken your white PVC and it will help greatly. Perhaps some black plastic electrical tape?
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2011
  9. SmokinChick

    SmokinChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2011
    Kingsville, MD
    I painted my 5 gal bucket black then a layer of white. Black blocks the light, white doesn't absorb heat. So far so good. Not sure schedule 40 pvc allows light to get thru. I'll try that in the morning.
  10. lowry075

    lowry075 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2011
    Southern California
    Ooohh! I had this same question, thanks everyone. I will cover the white bucket tomorrow! [​IMG]

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