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Putting a piece of Copper in water to stop Algae growth?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by chickeman, May 18, 2010.

  1. chickeman

    chickeman New Egg

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    A friend recently told me that you can put a piece of copper in your water and it will help stop algae from growing. I tried looking it up on google but couldn't find anything specifically about it. Has anyone else heard of doing this? Does it work? Could it pose any health risks to chickens?
     
  2. 3goodeggs

    3goodeggs pays attention sporadically

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    Years ago my dad threw a penny in the dogs water bucket. It didn't have algae, until the copper wore off the penny and it was just zinc. But then the dogs probably didn't get a sore throat. I do no know why we do not do it now. Read up on ACV (apple cider vinegar) there are a lot of posts on it for use in the water. Supposed to be good all around...I don't know why we don't do that either. (because the husband is a non believer, that's why.)
     
  3. Zahboo

    Zahboo Simply Stated

    Feb 3, 2009
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    I can imagine a bird drowning trying to fetch the shiny thing at the bottom (or am I the only one with ADD birds?)
     
  4. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Scientifically it could work
     
  5. D'Angelo N Va.

    D'Angelo N Va. Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2009
    I have never heard of it, but adding a few pennies I wouldn't think would hurt anything..just keep an eye on it.
     
  6. dirtdoctor

    dirtdoctor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So what is the benefit to just washing your waterer? fresh water is better than slimey alge water. Just scrub it and refresh the water.
     
  7. Chickenmaven

    Chickenmaven Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2009
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    Vinegar WILL reduce algae!
     
  8. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    So what is the benefit to just washing your waterer? fresh water is better than slimey alge water. Just scrub it and refresh the water.

    With the copper you don't HAVE to scrub algae, since it inhibits the growth, and they still get fresh water​
     
  9. WingingIt

    WingingIt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2009
    I've always put a few pennies in our birdbath to keep it from growing. It works.
     
  10. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    I've heard of putting a Silver coin in a pitcher of milk stops it from souring when left out.
     

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