Why is algae bad?

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

  1. Chocobo

    Chocobo Chirping

    May 27, 2011
    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

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    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 Songster

    Mar 2, 2011
    Southern Indiana
    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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