Is grey water sickening?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Jferlisi, Dec 5, 2010.

  1. Jferlisi

    Jferlisi i dont eat chicken!!!!

    Nov 2, 2010
    Menifee CA
    So we just resonantly connected our washer to a pipe that drains out onto the side of our property. We live off a dirt road and everyone around us has 5 or more acres. Our washer was filling up the septic tank cause our renter is washing multiple loads a day >>. So i was wondering if the chickens will drink the water or not and if they do is it ok for them to or will it make them sick? Is there anything i can put around there to deter them from drinking it?
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2010
  2. jeremy

    jeremy CA Royal Blues

    Mar 23, 2008
    Oakland, CA
    I feel like the detergent/fabric softeners might be an issue, but I'm not 100% sure. They do make environmentally safe/chemical free soaps though, so maybe if you were to start using those products you might be able to even recycle your wash water and use it FOR your chickens and garden.
  3. Jferlisi

    Jferlisi i dont eat chicken!!!!

    Nov 2, 2010
    Menifee CA
    Ok thanks. I we dont really use fabric softener but ya i will look into the detergent.
  4. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    I would make sure your chickens cant get to that water.
    I'd either fence it off...
    Or maybe if you can put down some sand then gravel on top of that.... so the water drains down and doesnt sit on top of the dirt where the chickens can get at it...
  5. ChickensAreSweet

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    Quote:+1- don't let them eat soap

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