Stream water?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by lrobb88, Apr 24, 2019.

  1. lrobb88

    lrobb88 Chirping

    Apr 19, 2013
    Hey all, I have my first 25 Cornish cross going onto pasture in a tractor. My pasture is far away from running water (as is my barn), so I’ve been hauling 5 gallons at a time while they’re in the brooder. In the pasture we have a spring fed stream and I’m wondering if I can start using that as a water source instead. For some context, I’m on a large tract (mainly wooded) surrounded by national forest, so fairly pristine and we’re at ~2000 feet. As far as I know were the highest on the stream though it is possible there is small scale agriculture somewhere further up (most likely cattle). Does anyone use streams as water source and have any advice? Or should I keep hauling well water? Thank you!
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  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    My gut says the stream water should be okay, but you could have an analysis done just to make sure.
  3. Timothy Menezes

    Timothy Menezes Songster

    Nov 27, 2017
    Monterey, California
    Should be ok, I have seen animals drinking allot worse on farms, and at the feed store for that matter :sick:sick:sick
  4. HH.Wench

    HH.Wench Chirping

    Jun 24, 2018
    SE USA
    Mine drink out of a shallow stream and do fine. It comes out of the ground just above where they are.

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