Stinky chick waterer...

gumpsgirl

Crowing
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Mar 25, 2008
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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!
 

ibpboo

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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.
 

Poison Ivy

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May 2, 2007
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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.
 

hinkjc

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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.

Jody
 

mangled

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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!!

Em
 

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