I am wondering if someone can tell me how to keep my water buckets from turning green? Right now I am emptying them every other day, and this is causing a huge mud puddle in my field,. Someone told me to put a little bleach in them about every 3-4 days, is this ok for horses and how much bleach? I don't want to make my guys sick, but the water buckets are becoming a real problem. I need advice and any secrets anyone may have.
I wash my buckets with bleach once a week. Still end up emptying them every other day due to the assorted crap that the horses drop into them and to keep the water fresh. I know I wouldn't want to drink stale, 3-day old water :)
We've never had green buckets at the farm, but our kids don't get stalled unless they "ask" for it by congregating by the barn.
But we DO get green tubs at the college where I work with baby sea turtles. They have heat lamps on all day, so the tubs end up super green. We bleach them periodically, and as long as they are throughly rinsed before the turtles go back in everone is fine (and they live in the water, not just drink it.) and the green stays away (mostly) for weeks.
In warm climates like the southern US, buckets often need daily cleaning to prevent the "slime". Bleach can be used to treat water however, it has to be done very very carefully or you can damage the lining of the GI tract. And if you are on any public water source there is already chlorine added.
I have a 12 gal. Bucket that I keep water in since we haven't had any rain and the pond and the creeks are stale. I put about a 1/4 cup of bleach in it and it keeps the green out. The horses I keep in the barn I just change their buckets daily and wash them out. I haven't had any problems. I am on well water and the green comes quick.
I've always delt with electric water bowls, but since i've moved on to my own farm we use koi's (like gold fish) in our water tanks, I have 1 110 gallon tank and1 50 gallon barrel in a spare paddock and both have fish in it, cleaning stall buckets is useully done just with water and a good scrub brush
I have a small tub (holds more than enough still) which I keep schmick by a) emptying and cleaning thoroughly every day with a horse brush only used for this and b) by keeping the tub in the shade. When in direct sunlight it causes an algae bloom which can take as little as a day to start to form.
I havent used any but I hear there are tablets you can get to put in the water that will keep the algae down but I would research that a bit first.