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Is rainwater safe to give chickens and ducks?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by mberry222, Feb 20, 2009.

  1. mberry222

    mberry222 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have been trying to find if collecting rainwater to give to poultry is safe. All I have been able to find about collecting rainwater is for use in the garden. Does anyone catch rainwater for their birds? Does it need to be treated prior?
    Thanks for any input!
     
  2. Brad7558

    Brad7558 Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes its safe. I collect and use it for many things like watering plants and animals.
     
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  3. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    Sure is. [​IMG]
     
  4. mberry222

    mberry222 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the quick replies. [​IMG] Is it safe for goats or livestock dogs? Should any suppliments be added from time to time?
     
  5. illinichick

    illinichick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our dogs drink out of the pond, chickens drink out of muddy puddles, I cant imagine saved rainwater doing any damage, as long as their are no mosquito larvae, especially for dogs.
     
  6. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    Quote:Yes it is. Ive never added any suppliments. [​IMG]
     
  7. Kim_NC

    Kim_NC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2009
    Mt Airy, NC
    If the day ever comes that rainwater is not safe for the poultry or other animals...oh my, big trouble! If the rainwater were not safe...then all small surface bodies like creeks, ponds, etc would not be safe either.

    The important thing collecting rain water would be to keep algae, mosquitoes , etc from growing in your storage container.
     
  8. skeeter

    skeeter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    NO NO NO dont give rain water,only bottled water,its the best,and only Perrier!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
     
  9. FractalFarmer

    FractalFarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How are you collecting it? If you have a rain barrel that catches water from the downspouts, I'd be concerned if you have asphalt shingles. I hear that toxins can leach out into the water. If you have concrete, tile, or metal roofing or are collecting the rainwater some other way then no problem.
     
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  10. Kim_NC

    Kim_NC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2009
    Mt Airy, NC
    Quote:[​IMG]
     

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