Water sources for chickens

Discussion in 'Nutrition - Sponsored by Purina Poultry' started by NorthernChick81, Feb 22, 2015.

  1. NorthernChick81

    NorthernChick81 Hatching

    Aug 8, 2014
    Hi all! I don't have any chickens yet, but hopefully within the next year or two I will! I've an offer in on a wonderful property and just need to sell my home and then I will have all the room I need for some.

    My question is, what water source do you use to water your chickens? I currently have a rain barrel collection system on my garden shed, and was wondering if a similar set up in my next home would be suitable to supply them with water? Locally there are food-grade water collection barrels available for purchase which might work well. Is there a safe set up I could run that would work for chickens? What roofing material would be best for this scenario if it would be acceptable at all? Thanks!!
  2. chickens123432

    chickens123432 In the Brooder

    Feb 22, 2015
    I just use sink/hose water and put it in a 1 gallon waterer for my 4 ladies. I personally think just the regular waterers are easiest :) http://www.tractorsupply.com/en/store/harris-farms-poultry-drinker-1-gal-capacity
  3. speedy2020

    speedy2020 Songster

    Jul 24, 2010
    Large bucket or barrel with horizontal nipple water system. It cheap and keep the water clean. You do need to clean once a month.
  4. NorthernChick81

    NorthernChick81 Hatching

    Aug 8, 2014
    Oh yes, I will certainly be setting up system as you both have mentioned :) My question is more concerned with the actual water; is rain water OK for chickens? I mean, they drink from puddles obviously, but are there any concerns with bacteria in the rainwater etc.? Do I need to treat it with anything?
  5. dheltzel

    dheltzel Crowing

    Nov 30, 2013
    Pottstown, PA
    You don't need to treat the water with anything, rainwater is perfectly healthy for them. With any water system you need to be aware that bacteria can grow inside things and they could be harmful, so an occasional cleaning is a good idea. Chlorinated city water gets less of that because of the toxic (at least to bacteria) chemicals it contains.
  6. RonP

    RonP Crowing

    My instinct tell me feces from others may land on your rooftop.

    That sitting in a barrel of water for an extended period, may be cause for concern.

    I have no firsthand experience, just thinking out loud...
  7. PattiS72

    PattiS72 Songster

    Mar 9, 2011
    Old Town, FL
    here is a pic of our waterer. I fill it up on the end.

  8. NorthernChick81

    NorthernChick81 Hatching

    Aug 8, 2014
    A valid concern for sure, RonP; one that I will keep in mind.

    The water system will also be to support my planned vegetable garden that will be near the chickens; it will of course be contained within hardware fencing - deer are frequent around these parts and anything below a 6' fence is a deer buffet…

    I'm appreciating the feedback, and grateful for this forum so I can plan the best layout possible!!
  9. Make sure it is legal to catch rain water where you live.
  10. NorthernChick81

    NorthernChick81 Hatching

    Aug 8, 2014
    Thankfully that is not an issue where I live; rainwater collection is encouraged - the city near where I live offers a rain barrel purchase program. I'm saddened to hear it is illegal in some states - why?

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