Treating water to prevent algae growth

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by w8tn4fresheggs, Nov 11, 2007.

  1. w8tn4fresheggs

    w8tn4fresheggs Songster

    Mar 24, 2007
    I have a 5 gallon heated water bucket. It has nipples on it and the girls use it fine. I noticed one time that it kinda got yucky on the bottom. I don't fill the bucket, just enough for a few days.

    I usually dump and put in fresh water every couple of days to prevent this.

    I plan on going out of town for 5 days and filling the bucket up to at least almost full. Is there something I can put in the water to prevent any growth of stuff? I would like to know if anyone treats water to prevent this. I also have it covered to keep rain, leaves etc. from getting in it. Is this helping the growth?

    I am having a neighbor come and check on the girls, but really don't want her to have to do much for them. Just check on them. Otherwise I can have her dump it out.

    Thanks, Steph
  2. picklespickles

    picklespickles Songster

    Oct 27, 2007
    i dont' know about treating it. i will say that my water buckets that get any amount of sun will get algae while the ones that are in the shade never ever ever get it no matter what.
  3. nccountrygirl

    nccountrygirl Songster

    Jul 31, 2007
    Sanford N.C.
    I have read here some where that Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar will kill the nasties in your waterer.
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  4. pricem11

    pricem11 Songster

    Aug 14, 2007
    Pittsboro, NC
    i'm seeing less algae since I started using apple cider vinegar and a clove of peeled garlic in the waterer (things I do for the digestion/circulation/immune system of the chickens, but I think it keeps down algae/bacterial growth too, which is also good for the health of the chickens, right? :) ).
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2007
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  5. w8tn4fresheggs

    w8tn4fresheggs Songster

    Mar 24, 2007
    Thanks everyone. The vineger and garlic is worth a shot. Can't hurt anyway. The bucket is in a shady spot, so it wouldn't be from the sun. That is good to know though. Thanks again. Steph
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  6. TxChiknRanchers

    TxChiknRanchers Songster

    Aug 18, 2007
    Southeast Texas
    OK, There is a target on my back but here goes. The thing in city water that stops algae is Chlorine so a little in the water will stop the algae for a while. How much ? Idunno. The engineer on my boat used to treat the potable water tanks with it to stop the algae. so it works and I am still here.

    A few drops of liquid chlorine(or powder) would help a small waterer but not too much to make it smell like a swiming pool.

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  7. McChix

    McChix In the Brooder

    Oct 30, 2007
    Before I started putting apple cider vinegar in the waterer, it was always kind of smelly when I'd change the water - after only a couple of days! Since using ACV, there's no smell or yuck. [​IMG]
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  8. FutureChickenMan

    FutureChickenMan Songster

    Oct 29, 2007
    Quote:This does work but you run the risk of giving the chickens 'the squirts'. Not only that, but in an open container, chlorine will naturally dissapate over about 24 hours.

    The best thing you can do is keep that waterer out of sunlight and below 70 degrees. Another trick I've used with ponds is barley hay; it's got some kind of enzymes in it that algae doesn't like. Also, if your container allows light through it (light colored plastic) paint the outside of it or wrap it with something that will block the light. Keep in mind what ever you wrap it with will need to be non-toxic too as chickens will taste anything.
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  9. Iluvmychickens

    Iluvmychickens Songster

    Jun 27, 2007
    Jacksonville, Florida

    I love the smilebox you did on Billy...That was beautifully done

  10. w8tn4fresheggs

    w8tn4fresheggs Songster

    Mar 24, 2007
    DeeDee, Thanks. He was such a great little Roo. Unfortunately, he is no longer living. Shortly after I gave him away to a good home, he disappeared. [​IMG]

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