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Water choices for new chicks

Posted by lilysmom 5A (My Page) on
Wed, Jul 23, 08 at 12:33


I was wondering what would be the best water choice for new chicks: water from a deep sulphur well, water from a house well through a water-softening system, or rainwater collected from downspouts off of a metal-roofed shed.

Thank you in advance for your help.


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RE: Water choices for new chicks

Hi Kathy,
I would recommend using the water that you drink, if it's good for you.... chances are it will be good for them :)


RE: Water choices for new chicks

Ditto what Sheila said. Do you have some concerns in particular? Lori

RE: Water choices for new chicks

Rainwater will be fine unless you have a really nasty metal on the roof (like arsenic).

RE: Water choices for new chicks

For very young to adolescent birds, I think I would be a little leery of water off the roof - who knows if the birds perching on it and pooping on it may have some disease. Once the chicks are older, I would think that the roof run-off would be fine, but for youngsters still growing up, I wouldn't use it. House or well water water should be fine.

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