We are constantly fighting the fight to keep the algae from growing on the insides of all of our pet’s water bowls. Today was time to seriously scrub down the chicken’s water trough. Cleaning the water bowl for the cat and dogs bowl is a lot easier because it’s in the house and we can use soap and water.
But, the chickens’ water is harder because, even though we have a hose back where they are, we don’t like to use any soap products on or around them. We also honestly don’t get to clean it as much as we do the dog and cat bowl. Sorry chickens! But it’s not easy to get to the trough and it’s harder now that we usually don’t get home from work till after dark when it’s too late to clean so we can only get it on the weekends (we do change their water every day though).
Anyway, we have been using a regular size toilet brush to clean out the water trough for our horse. It works well for scrubbing the algae out, is easy to clean, and is easy to hang up and find quickly at the barn. (We want to stress that the toilet brush was bought new and has NEVER been used in the toilet — only the water trough.)
So, we bought a miniature version of a scrub brush. Behold this dandy little device we got for $1 at Ollie’s. It worked really well for getting the inside and outside (their was actually a gross buildup of mud and algae on the outside (probably from the chickens climbing onto the sides with muddy feet after rainstorms) of their water container (which is made out of a thick plastic).
There is even a little “scraper” on the back, as you can see from the first photo. When we finished and their trough looked almost as good as new, we brought the scrubber inside and cleaned it with soap so it’s ready to go for next time. We might just rinse it outside with some vinegar and then some water if it’s doing lighter scrubbing next time.
We definitely recommend the scrub brush since it did a great job of getting the algae on the edges and sides and bottom of the trough, and the more algae we can get rid of, the less we have to deal with growing back rapidly.
If you are fighting similar algae battles, and presumably you are since you are reading this, give it a try and let us know what you think. And, if you have any other tips for keeping the algae away, let us know in the comments section.