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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by natkev, Dec 21, 2009.
our water holder is starting to turn green how do you stop the holder turning green
If it's turning green from algae growing in it, setting it in the shade will help some.
1 to 2 tbs. of apple cider vinegar per gallon of water will also stop the algae growth and it's good for the chickens. The organic vinegar such as Braggs with mother is even better.
Is it a metal or plastic waterer? If metal, don't put vinegar in it.
One other question is it well or city?
I wash mine in a weak chlorine solution, same as disinfecting many other things around the house. Rinse it well and all will be fine.
How to get the green out is clean it on a regular basis. Adding acv is good too. I too disinfect with a mild bleach solution once a week or more if needed but I change their water every day twice a day and that helps as well.
Direct sunlight on water increases algae growth, so keep the waterer away from sun.
I moved mine to the shade. Did not really help with the algae. I will try the apple vinegar.
That green color is just Diatoms much like the ones in DE or Diatomaceous Earth, only a whole lot fresher and minus the contaminants.
I recommend a little unscented bleach or Clorox if you are concerned about green algae in your water. And like was mentioned before, frequent water changes helps.