Stinky chick waterer...

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by gumpsgirl, Mar 28, 2008.

  1. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Crowing

    Mar 25, 2008
    Has anybody else had problems with their chicks waterer being smelly? I have the basic clear, plastic waterer with the red screw-on bottom for chicks. I am almost wondering if it is getting mildew in it or something. I guess it would be from the warm environment. I know this is silly, but what do I do about it? I rinse it out and give them fresh water twice a day. Do I need to clean it with some dishsoap or will that hurt them? Thanks in advance for the suggestions![​IMG]
  2. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Crowing

    I clean mine with dish soap or run them through the dishwasher.
  3. brooster

    brooster Songster

    Jun 14, 2007
    northwest Ohio
    I use the same water, and it is fine with chickens, but when i used it for my quail it smelled.
  4. ibpboo

    ibpboo Where Chickens Ride Horses

    Jul 9, 2007
    always changing
    You can also clean it with chlorine to kill any mildew, rinse well and let air dry. I do this to my chicken water when it gets too green. I also clean out the horse trough occasionally this way.
  5. tpantali

    tpantali In the Brooder

    May 16, 2007
    Finger Lakes New York
    We clean ours, which is metal, with vinegar about once a week, sometimes more when needed.
  6. Corey NC

    Corey NC Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    North Carolina
    I just run mine through the dish washer.
  7. Poison Ivy

    Poison Ivy Songster

    May 2, 2007
    Naples, Florida
    I notice mine smell more if it sits on the bedding. I keep a block of wood under mine which seems to help. Now the quail waterer that is another story. They kick feed in it and it smells to high heaven. Gross I clean it several times a day.
  8. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing

    Jan 11, 2007
    Generally a smell indicates there is bacteria growing in the waterer. I would wash it with dish soap or run it thru the dish washer like others suggested. I always keep extras on hand and swap them out every other day. Chicks are messy little buggers, so this way I can soak one while they have a fresh one.

  9. I have mine velcro-ed to a square of wood 1/2 inch thick. That prevents them from bowling the waterer over and spilling it everywhere, but I can also remove it to wash and refill.
  10. mangled

    mangled Songster

    Ours is set up on a half a brick. I clean it once daily with anti-bacterial handsoap, rinse it well, then clean it thoroughly with dishsoap after. It gets changed twice a day, but I rinse it the second time.

    The velcro and wood block is great idea!!


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