Drinking water

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Drinking water

Postby torkardlane » 15 Mar 2015, 18:20

Just wondering what folks think of using water from rain barrels, I use tap water in a proper chicken drinker and rain barrel water in a small bucket and you can guess which the chickens prefer.
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Re: Drinking water

Postby subruss » 15 Mar 2015, 22:40

I put clean water out every day and over many years I have used all kinds of containers and all a waste of money as the nearest dirty puddle is always the preferred option so as far as I am concerned as long as the water has not got any unnatural poisons or pollutants in it its fine.
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Re: Drinking water

Postby Moriarty » 16 Mar 2015, 07:57

I've all kinds of containers for water, but they charge over to the little frog pond and balance precariously on the tiles around it to dip their heads into scummy, weedy, frog-poo laden green water (yes, I should clear out the frog pond occasionally!). Either that, or as subruss says, the dirtiest puddle around.
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Re: Drinking water

Postby drfish » 16 Mar 2015, 12:07

Mine won't drink fresh tap water until it's been stood a good few hours. Hence why I pretty much stop doing it. I've got various receptacles around the garden that catch rain water, so they get used first, and then I top up with tap water if I have no rain left. I seriously doubt there's any benefit at all to using fresh water. As suggested above, as long as it's free from chemicals or toxins, it'll be fine.
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Re: Drinking water

Postby torkardlane » 16 Mar 2015, 20:32

Thanks all I'll carry on as usual then.just thought something might affect them but not sure.
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Re: Drinking water

Postby borowik » 14 May 2015, 11:18

mine drinks mostly rain water and everything is fine
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