Lake water vs. pure water

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by BunnyLover44, Dec 10, 2013.

Lake water good or harmful to chickens?

Poll closed Dec 10, 2014.
  1. Good

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  2. Harmful

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  3. Both are OK to give them

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  1. BunnyLover44

    BunnyLover44 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So someone said that lake water had some bad chemicals or bacteria that could be harmful to chickens, is this true or false, why or why not? Thanks in advance!
     
  2. handyman42

    handyman42 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I give mine water from the creek occasionally, but it is spring fed and always flows so I'm not sure if the lake water would be stagnant or not. I would say get some in a bucket and put some Apple Cider Vinegar in it and let it set for a minute or 2 and then give it to them, just to kill any possible germs.

    But they're chickens, I really don't think it will cause a problem. I mean ducks drink it all the time and every other farm animal people have that have ponds or lakes drink out of them and it doesn't hurt them so I'm pretty sure the chickens are safe.
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Unless the lake in question is surrounded with the corpses of wild birds and waterfowl, I'd say it's okay to give your birds.
     
  4. handyman42

    handyman42 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. Mahlzeit

    Mahlzeit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If it's a descent lake and not a stagnant little pond I would say they will be fine. My chickens(and dogs) prefer to drink out of muddy gross puddles rather than their clean fresh water and they are fine after that.
     

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