Im having problems with these waterers*sigh*

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by The Chickeneer, Aug 27, 2011.

  1. The Chickeneer

    The Chickeneer ~A Morning's Crow~

    My automatic DIY waterers are getting green and slimy. I clean them out, once a week, then they start getting green again [​IMG]. It's not the water that gets green, its the walls of the bowl and the inside of the bucket. Why does this happen? How do I stop this from happening [​IMG], any remedies. Thanks [​IMG]
  2. gale65

    gale65 Songster

    Do you add anything to the water? Some people add apple cider vinegar and it seems to help with the green slime. If needed you can also add bleach but I don't know the concentration. I'm not comfortable adding bleach to drinking water so I use ACV.
  3. HogbackMtnChickns

    HogbackMtnChickns Chirping

    Nov 21, 2010
    New Castle, Colorado
    What material is your DIY waterer made of? I have read that using white or clear plastic encourages algae growth by admitting sunlight. Some BYC'rs have had success painting or covering white PVC or buckets to block the sunlight that causes the algae.
  4. nwfl

    nwfl Songster

    Jan 4, 2011
    Northwest Florida
    There are some threads, blogs and reports done about Oxine AH that eliminates slime and bacteria in watering applications. It does not degrade metals and plastics like bleaches and other chlorines. Google it. And has good old info on oxine. I use it in some applications.
  5. speedy2020

    speedy2020 Songster

    Jul 24, 2010
    I put 5 100%(1969-1982) copper pennies in the bucket and don't see any green algae growing yet. The automatic nipple setup is about 2 months old. Will see if the copper pennies did the trick.
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2011
  6. mitchell3006

    mitchell3006 In the Brooder

    Sep 18, 2009
    Copper Sulfate 1/4 tsp per works to prevent algae but will damage metal if you have any in your set-up.

  7. allpeepedout

    allpeepedout Songster

    Mar 2, 2011
    Southern Indiana
    A good scrubbing of a all surfaces with a good bucket brush can remove invisible slime on plastic that becomes food for next week's algae crop. Plastic needs to be squeaky clean, not just look clean.
  8. KDK1

    KDK1 Songster

    Jun 29, 2011
    Tennessee Plateau
    When I had the 1 gal. plastic vacuum waterers I washed them out, not just rinsed, every day and had no algae problems. Now I have two automatic waterers (one store bought, LG, and one I made myself) that I just rinse out every 3 or 4 days and have no problems
  9. One simple solution from my aquarium days--algae needs light, move the waterers away from the light or cover/paint them and you won't have a problem.
  10. TriciaHowe

    TriciaHowe Mother Hen

    Nov 11, 2008
    Trenton, FL
    Get some water snails? [​IMG] I'm just kidding of course [​IMG]

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