water softener system and chickens

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ridinem, Feb 4, 2014.

  1. ridinem

    ridinem New Egg

    Feb 3, 2014
    This may be an odd question but I have a salt based water softener system in my house for the inside water only. This winter I started to bring the chickens warm water from in the house twice a day. I have had 2 chickens die and have another sick one, thoughts are of Merricks and one other disease. I started to wonder if maybe they are sick from the salts in the water as I remember I learned several years ago that fish can't survive in my water. Any thoughts on this?
  2. ten chicks

    ten chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 9, 2013
    I have a water softener and have never had any problems with my chickens nor my cats/dogs/kids. If your softener is set up correctly and operating properly,then no it is not an issue.

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