Rain barrel collection water safe?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Urban_Farmer, Sep 15, 2018.

  1. Urban_Farmer

    Urban_Farmer In the Brooder

    Aug 8, 2018
    St Louis Park, MN
    I know that rain barrel collection is not a potable system for human consumption without treatment. I am wondering if this is the same for chickens or if they are able to digest this safely. I realize at some point stagnation is a problem for many reasons. Just wondering if anyone has experience with this.

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  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    I've been using a rain barrel for years to water critters. We used to have a wooden one that would get funky. We recently switched a nice plastic one with a cover to keep out the mosquitoes. The funky barrel we dumped every few weeks and cleaned. The plastic hasn't needed it yet.
  3. Urban_Farmer

    Urban_Farmer In the Brooder

    Aug 8, 2018
    St Louis Park, MN

    That's a great point. I had seen one for a decent price and had given it some thought, but I think you just resolved that choice for me.
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  4. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    I also use a rain barrel to water critters and plants. If it gets funky I dump it and let it refill...Mine is also plastic...
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  5. Perris

    Perris Songster

    Jan 28, 2018
    Gower, Wales
    mine have a choice of rainwater from a plastic barrel or tap water in a waterer and they all take from both with no obvious preference, and from puddles, an occasional (rainwater run-off) stream, other random small pools of water, and they all seem fine on it :)
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  6. Chick-N-Fun

    Chick-N-Fun Almy Acres Farm

    Jun 26, 2014
    Corning, NY
    I use my plaster rain barrel for my chickens as well. I change their water bowls so often, so it’s a great resource!

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