Rain Water

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ktownjeep, Jun 13, 2009.

  1. ktownjeep

    ktownjeep In the Brooder

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    I collect rain water in barrels to water my garden with, Would that water be safe for my chickens?
     
  2. dykeswa

    dykeswa In the Brooder

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    We free range our Buff's and their main water supply is outside so it gets rained in no side effects yet, might depend on where you live...
    WAD
     
  3. lux_interior

    lux_interior Songster

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    I would say yes, my uncle does the same thing [​IMG]
     
  4. Depends- any algae in it?
    What about wild bird droppings from running off roof?

    I collect rainwater from the barn and use in my garden, but not for the hens, I water them from the well.
     
  5. Anny

    Anny Songster

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    I use my rain water for my chickens. The only thing I would be worried about is if your water is from run off from your roof. Thinking about what type of material your roof is made of and if they would be dangerous for the chickens.
     
  6. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    I collect the rain water that runs off the chicken coop roof. It connets eventually a, hmmm, Little Giant, I think, low/no pressure waterer.
     
  7. spottedtail

    spottedtail Songster

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    I've used rainwater off the roof for years with no problems.
    Another good source is water from a basement dehumidifier.
    Collect it in summer and use it throughout the winter.

    spot
     

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