How to Keep Chicken Water Feeders Algae-Free

Algae can cause pathogens to get inside chickens.
Algae can cause pathogens to get inside chickens. (Image: Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

The organic material in water can feed algae blooms and cause the algae to grow on the inside of a chicken waterer. See-through waterers are more susceptible to algae growth because of the sunlight. Parasites feeding on the algae inside the waterer can be ingested by the chickens and become internal parasites. You need to keep your chicken waterers algae-free to ensure your chickens have access to clean drinking water at all times.

Things You'll Need

  • 1-cup measuring cup
  • Chlorine bleach
  • Stiff-bristle brush
  • Scrub pad
  • Paper towels
  • 1/8-tsp. measuring spoon
  • Oxine

Soak the chicken waterer overnight with 1 cup of chlorine bleach to every 9 cups of water.

Empty the waterer and scrub it with a stiff bristle brush or scrub pad. Rinse it out with clean water. Dry it with paper towels.

Mix 1/8 tsp. of Oxine to every gallon of water in the chicken waterer every other day to keep it algae-free.

Tips & Warnings

  • Never mix citric acid with Oxine. This triggers the release of more of the available chlorine in the Oxine.

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