Why is algae bad?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Chocobo, Aug 28, 2011.

  1. Chocobo

    Chocobo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have seen numerous threads talking about different ways to prevent algae buildup in waterers but I can't seem to find any information on why.
    What is it about algae that is so dangerous to chickens?
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    I don't think that algae in itself is bad, it's the other micro organisms that are harbored with it that can cause infections etc...

    I regularly take a supplement that has algae in it so I know it's not bad for consumption.
     
  3. allpeepedout

    allpeepedout Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Common algae releases a host of toxins that can be harmful to humans internally and externally, at a certain level, and I presume possibly also chickens. It rapidly fouls the water (creates a stench), which tends to discourage drinking. Clogs automated systems.

    The previous poster may be referring to consuming spirulina, a variety sold in health food stores. Perhaps there is a distinction between the algae itself and the waste it produces.
     

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