will the rust in the waterer hurt the chickens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by bj taylor, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. bj taylor

    bj taylor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have a metal waterer. it has some rust on the bottom that i wash out each time i change the water. the water stays clear until i disturb the pan then it clouds up some. will this iron in their water be a problem for the chickens do you think?
     
  2. ashl768

    ashl768 Out Of The Brooder

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    Doesn't sound healthy...I wouldnt water mine from it...
     
  3. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A little rust, iron oxide, will not hurt the chickens. We and they need some iron. Did you ever hear of hemoglobin? There can be an over loading of iron. But a little rust should be alright, the particles will settle out quickly
     

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