Rain water...

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by gogoalie, Jun 16, 2010.

  1. gogoalie

    gogoalie Songster

    May 15, 2010
    anyone use rain water for their chickens? It's very easy to collect & natural! (no floride/chlorine) If not, why not?
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    I don't collect water for them, but they like to drink from the pools of rain water the collect everywhere for over half the year under the rain in the PNW. Granted, they also like to drink the dirty floor water that pools up on the floor instead of the clean water in the water pans. Maybe it has more flavor? LOL
  3. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers


    Doesn't rain that much.
  4. americancowboy

    americancowboy In the Brooder

    Jun 7, 2010
    I do that! I would guess it would only be bad if you were in the city.
  5. obxWaMi

    obxWaMi Songster

    Rain water might be good right after it rains, but after it sits for a while, NO. It would be stale. My girls like fresh water.
  6. smith2

    smith2 Songster

    Jan 5, 2008
    Paris, TN
    Yes, we use it all the time. We collect it in barrels and use about 1 barrel every 2 days or so. It doesn't get stale enough they won't drink it. They actually like it better because our faucet water is full of chlorine and other chemicals. We empty our barrels about once a month and clean out the bottoms.
  7. Rennie

    Rennie Songster

    Oct 28, 2009
    Derbyshire, England
    I use loads of rain water for my girls, As im in the UK we have plenty of it [​IMG] ... I collect it in the barrels like others and they have never turned there nose up at it ...

    People say dont give chickens water you wouldnt drink yourself .. but honestly if i had to I would,
  8. We have a 300 gallon tank ready to go in the run we are building to collect rainwater from the roof of the coop and run. We will use what is collected for the chickens.

    There will be times I may have to open the faucet and let it empty into my garden if we have storms coming...would rather it not overflow in the run.

    We do not get much annual rainfall but prefer our chickens not drink our city water...city sends a letter monthly telling people they can get cancer from drinking the water. Don't think it is safe for my girls! [​IMG] We are using water from the water store until we can redo our kitchen and put in water filtering system.
  9. flockof4

    flockof4 Songster

    Feb 10, 2010
    Webster Groves, MO
    Yes. I give mine fresh rain water.
  10. D'Angelo N Va.

    D'Angelo N Va. Songster

    Dec 28, 2009
    Every chance I get. In fact I keep a 50 gallon trash can sitting under the eaves to catch water....after a few days if I don't use it all, I will throw it out, I don't want mosquitoes laying larvae in it.

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