What kind of water?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Kezzie, May 2, 2009.

  1. Kezzie

    Kezzie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2009
    Coastal Georgia
    Hi, all!

    I'm finally graduating my babies (8 weeks) to a 3.5 gallon waterer so I don't have to refill the chick waterer every two hours. So far, I have been giving them tap water filtered through a Brita filter which is fine for a quart at a time, but impractical for 3.5 gallons. What kind of water does everyone give their chicks and adults? Is chlorinated municipal water okay?
  2. mmtillman

    mmtillman Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have a rain barrel and have been using the water from it since I put my chicks in the coop at 2 weeks. They are 4 weeks now and still thriving. I did wonder about that city water,tho, but didnt figure it would matter that much.
    Good question tho...[​IMG]
  3. mamaKate

    mamaKate Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 9, 2008
    SE MO
    Our tap water is awful. I gave my chicks the bottled water I drink for 2 weeks, then switched to tap. Bottled water for my animals wouldn't work because of the amount they use. If you live in an area with reasonably drinkable water, I think tap water is fine from the beginning.
  4. FrontPorchIndiana

    FrontPorchIndiana Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2008
    Tap water is fine for them.
  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    I agree with Indiana. Tap water is fine. Better if you can run it thru the filter, but still fine. My water comes from a deep well, but the chickens drink out of mud puddles when they get the chance. [​IMG]
  6. vtsarahb

    vtsarahb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2009
    Bradford, VT
    I also agree that tap water is fine. If you drink it and think it's ok, it's fine for them too.
  7. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    All my pets drink tap, but I'll say they DO sometimes seem to prefer the Brita water.
    It wasn't practical to use Brita when constantly changing the chick's water out, so tap is all they get.
  8. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Coastal South Carolina here- tap water works fine. Sometimes bottled water is nothing but tap water anyway!
  9. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    I agree. Tap water is fine. It is required to be regularly tested so it will not have harmful amounts of anything in it.

    I once had a water softener salesman point out that our municipal water sometimes had trace amounts of arsenic in it. He did not have a good response when I pointed out that you need trace amounts of arsenic to keep your bones from getting brittle.

    I personally trust municipal water which is tested regularly more than I trust bottled water which is normally tested a lot less, especially after it has been bottled a while. But that is just me and I can be weird. Maybe my university classes in water treatment has something to do with that.

    Oh, I don't know that you do actually need trace amounts of arsenic, but it seemed an appropriate thing to say at the time.
  10. wings

    wings Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2009
    Psh! I just give them tap and hose water! They are chickens, after all!

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