Slim in the waterer

Reedo5

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Aug 19, 2017
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So I happen to notice that the inside of my waterer gets slimy when I refill it.
I heard from an old timer to put a few drops of bleach in the waterer I haven't done this but what's everyone's thoughts?
 

sourland

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Periodic rinsing of non galvanized waterers with a 10 % chlorine solution and then fresh water should control the 'slime'.
 

Acre4Me

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Nov 12, 2017
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What type of waterer? metal, plastic, black rubber?

You are in a cold region, are you still seeing slime?

It is typical to get slime when the waterer gets hit with sunlight - or it is warm. So, then clean it out throughly with soap and water, and follow with a short soak with bleach water. This is what I have to do to the non-metal waterers in warm weather.


I have an older male neighbor and he does add a drop of bleach to his water in the warm weather to reduce/mitigate the slime. He does refresh the water every day, and he uses open buckets.

My galvanized metal waterer does not seem to be having a slime problem, so I am happy about that!
 
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