rain barrell &goldfish

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by sundance, Jun 5, 2008.

  1. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    Quote:I wouldn't use it for chicken water, only for the garden. Chlorine just evaporates
    so quickly and is so effective. It's one of the only chemicals I'll keep in my house.
    I believe chlorine is illegal in Germany due to it being a know carcinogen. I love
    my fresh well water.

    Do they sell goldfish bowls the size of rainbarrels? If so I'm gonna run out and buy
    one after reading this thread. [​IMG]
     
  2. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

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    Thanks Gwen. That ties it. 25 cent Goldfish it is - but do mind the temps. They are "cold water" fish.
     
  3. chicknmania

    chicknmania Overrun With Chickens

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    Where do you get a rain barrel? We can't find any here.
     
  4. texasgirl

    texasgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Most of the people I know just use a big heavy duty garbage barrel.
     
  5. Corey NC

    Corey NC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I've seen the mon craigslist and also I think wholefoods sells them too.
     
  6. MaineChickens

    MaineChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My dad brought me a 55 gallon plastic barrel about a month ago to use for a rain barrell. I was wondering today what I could do to keep the water from getting stagnant! This thread is timed perfectly. Since that barrel will be drained in the winter, I guess I will get me a couple (m & F) Betta fish!

    I was able to use water from my barrel today to water my garden and ducks for the first time. I have "city" water and it is $$ so I am very happy about this option!
     
  7. flyingmonkeypoop

    flyingmonkeypoop Overrun With Chickens

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    The people I know that have rain barrels just have the big 55 gallon drums. I agree with gold fish, they are dirt cheap. Someone said mosquito fish, you can buy them on http://www.aquabid.com/
     
  8. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I keep fish in my horse waterers. I was feeding minnows to my chickens, and just happened to dump about 5 into our big water trough. Checked the other day and there were about 30 of them in there. LOL

    I just skimmed minnows off of our pond. You can buy them at the bait stores too, just get the small ones.

    I chose these because I get them free(skimming of the pond with a pool skimmer) and they are wild and hardy. They are doing fine so far and even reproducing. When there gets to be too many in the trough, I'll just filter some of them out with a net and throw them to the chickens.

    We have had a goldfish in half a wooden barrel. It's just one little fantail in there with a bunch of floating water plants and he has been in there for over 5 years now. Still doing fine and dandy.

    -Kim
     
  9. k0xxx

    k0xxx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Another option would be to just put several drops of olive oil in the rain barrel. It will put a light sheen on top of the water and will keep mosquitoes larvae from breathing (they come to the surface to breath) and it's environmentally friendly (biodegradable). I have used it and it works great.
     
  10. bluie

    bluie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That is so smart.
     

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