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Rain barrel- How can I keep the water clean?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by animal nut, Jul 2, 2009.

  1. animal nut

    animal nut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been using a rain barrel to collect water for my chickens. What can I put in the barrel to avoid a mosquitos problem? Bleach, vinager or other suggestions?
     
  2. anthonyjames

    anthonyjames Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You should have a screen before your water enters your barrells to stop any roof run off like shingle pieces, sticks, leaves, etc..

    Mosquitoes won't get in there. I have 15 barrels around my house and never had an issue. I am in WI were there can pick you up and carry you away.

    But I don't think I would use that water to water my birds because of the run off and dirt and any other thing you can't see.

    Garden only
     
  3. animal nut

    animal nut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Really, I thought I could use this for the birds and I have been using it for about 2 or 3 weeks now.
     
  4. cjexotic

    cjexotic Cj's Mandarin Ducks

    Mar 11, 2008
    Central PA
    I have done it for about 8 yrs now. I do put ACV in my water.. so the drum stays clean the bugs don't like it and its a good sanitzer and healthy for the birds.
     
  5. animal nut

    animal nut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Glad to hear that you are using your rain water. It makes it so much easier to water next to the coop instead of hauling the water 100 yards. I will use the ACV.
     
  6. cjexotic

    cjexotic Cj's Mandarin Ducks

    Mar 11, 2008
    Central PA
    mine runs off the top of the coop that is covered with a tarp so right into the drum it goes. I too would have to haul it a long ways if it was not for the rain barrels.
     
  7. anthonyjames

    anthonyjames Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What is the ACV you are referring to? I don't recall seeing or hearing of that acronym before.
     
  8. cjexotic

    cjexotic Cj's Mandarin Ducks

    Mar 11, 2008
    Central PA
    apple cider vinegar (ACV) I use the one with the pulp or whatever its called in it. The natural stuff.
     
  9. Dragonfly Ranch

    Dragonfly Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 13, 2009
    Happy Valley, CA
    Quote:Thank you for asking - I was going to ask the something.
     
  10. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    The apple cider vinegar that you are wanting is in the organic section of the grocery store. It has the "mother" in it. That's the good stuff that is lost when regular vinegar is pasturized and all. You can also put goldfish in your barrell to keep the water clean.
     

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