safe to drink

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by tonirene, Jan 24, 2013.

  1. tonirene

    tonirene Out Of The Brooder

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    we have a softwater system and i need to know if it is safe for our ducks to drink the water?
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    That's a good question. The salinity is higher with a water softener, isn't it?

    Hmmmmm.
     
  3. tonirene

    tonirene Out Of The Brooder

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    yes it is...i can't find any info on this.
     
  4. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Let me look up something in Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks. I recall there was a squib on raising ducks near bodies of saltwater.

    Well, not a direct answer.

    Ducks raised near saltwater need to have "sweet" drinking water available at all times. That would be, not salty.

    And from
    http://books.google.com/books?id=mA...ved=0CFgQ6AEwCA#v=onepage&q=tolerance&f=false

    "...domestic breeds have a low physiological tolerance for salt and must be supplied with fresh drinking water."
     
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  5. tonirene

    tonirene Out Of The Brooder

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    thank you for your help. better to be safe then sorry. again thank you.
     
  6. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    So do you have a way to draw off water that hasn't gone through the softener? Sorry I forgot to ask that earlier.
     
  7. SJUDD

    SJUDD Chillin' With My Peeps

    Great question! My dh just hooked up our water softner the other day... now I need to find out if the hose water goes through that or not. .[​IMG]
     
  8. ChristineR

    ChristineR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My ducks and parrots have been drinking my "softened" water for years with no apparent harm. The amount of sodium in the water should be miniscule. It might depend on how old your system is, though.

    Also, I fill up my freshwater aquariums and fish bowls with tap water with no problems.
     
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