This is probably a "duh" question asked out of an abundance of caution, because my chickens drink muddy rain water out of puddles all the time. But I'm thinking is it OK for rain water to be the only source of water for chickens? In ye olden days, I imagine that was the primary source for watering them. I just want to be sure, because we have more pollutants now than a hundred years ago, though I would think rain water would probably be cleaner than ground water. We are on a well, so God knows what our water quality outdoors is like. I know it tastes awful, but the birds have been drinking that for 3 years. It's clear at least. If I install a length of gutter and divert it into a rain barrel, is that OK to use for watering chickens? I know it's fine to use to water plants, but wanted to see if anyone was using it to water their chickens. I'd like an easier set up to water the birds than what we have now, at least when the weather is above freezing. I see these plastic barrels with spigots advertised at Home Depot, etc., all the time. Just wondered if anyone used them, and what their experience was. Thank you!