Wanting to make nipple waterers... but....

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by welby1205, Jun 1, 2016.

  1. welby1205

    welby1205 Out Of The Brooder

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    Having a hard time finding food grade silicone locally... it HAS to be food grade correct? Are there any alternatives?

    Thanks!
     
  2. paneubert

    paneubert Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It does not need to be food grade.

    It mostly just needs to NOT have any sort of mold or mildew inhibitors in it. I used to be big into saltwater fish tanks and the only real rule with silicone was to not use anything with mold or mildew inhibitors since they could mess up your fish. In this case they could mess up your birds.

    I can't recall exactly, but I want to say that GE "silicone 1" is safe, but GE "silicone 2" is not safe.

    EDIT: If you are really worried, go with some Aquarium specific silicone. Like this for example.
    https://www.amazon.com/Aqueon-10016...on silicone&qid=1367405815&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1
     
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    Excellent! Thank you so much! I really didn't want to order online, but I will if I really have to. I was just starting to get worried if I used something I wasn't supposed to.
     
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    paneubert Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Says it is 100% silicone. So that should be a good sign. The other thing to ensure is that you let it cure for a loooong time. The curing agents and the stuff that it will off-gas while curing is just as bad as the mold/mildew stuff. So let it cure a long while before you fill it with water. And maybe run some water thru it a few times just to flush it all out.
     
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    How long is a looooong time?
     
  6. paneubert

    paneubert Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At least as long as they claim on the package. Usually going to be about 24 hours. You can also smell it to see if it still smells at all.
     
  7. welby1205

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    Ah ok, yeah I was thinking a day or 2. Thanks for your help!
     

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