Metal Waterer Question.........

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by gltrap54, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. gltrap54

    gltrap54 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 26, 2010
    Using one of those 2 gallon galvanized metal double wall affairs from TSC ...... Went from plastic to metal due to using a water heater in winter...... The metal ones rusts right away & eventually rust through..... My question: Does using the rusted waterer pose health risks to my hens?
  2. NancyB22000

    NancyB22000 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 30, 2012
    Marshfield, MA
    We've been using that same kind of waterer - the 2 gallon double walled galvanized metal kind - since September, and we have no signs of rust. We have pretty hard water here, too. In non-freezing weather, we change the water every night when we are putting "the girls" to bed. In freezing weather (like now!), I've started using a smaller plastic waterer to swap out with the metal one - when one starts to freeze up, I bring out the other one and bring in the freezing one to thaw in the bathtub.

    When you say they rust "right away", how soon do you mean? I would think rusty water wouldn't be very good for any animal to drink. Can you have the pH of your water tested, and treat it(naturally, not with chemicals) to make it less prone to causing rust?

    Hope this helps . . .

  3. gltrap54

    gltrap54 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 26, 2010
    Thanks Nancy for your input! I'm on my second waterer & both were rusted badly within 3-4 weeks! I agree that the rust probably can't be good for my hens. The reviews for this waterer on their website we very poor. Most had the same experience I've had............
  4. they'reHISchickens

    they'reHISchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 31, 2008
    You aren't using ACV are you? Apple Cider Vinegar, while good for chickens, is bad to use in a galvanized waterer. It causes rust.
  5. The Lazy L

    The Lazy L Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 16, 2011
    Metal rusty or the water looks rusty?

    In my part of the state well water has a high iron content. Left the water settle for a while and it looks rusty. My 8 BO hens are 7 months old laying 5 to 6 eggs a day. Doesn't seem to hurt them any drinking "rusty" water.
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2012
  6. 20736

    20736 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2012
    "Rust" is ferrous oxide - iron. Iron helps the blood carry oxygen - you don't want iron poor blood.
    Iron in the water naturally or from rusty fountains is not going to hurt any poultry.
  7. gltrap54

    gltrap54 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 26, 2010
    Thanks 20736! This is the definitive answer I was searching for!!
    I've recently lost a hen & needed to be sure this wasn't the source of my problem......

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