Barley straw

Asked June 1, 2017, 2:22 PM EDT

Hi, I am wondering if it is safe to use Barley straw in water bowls of racing pigeons. I would buy the small bag that supposedly treats up to 500 gallons. The pigeon water is only 3 gallons. Would this overdose them on or have any negative effects. Thank you, Kevin

Riverside County California birds pigeon

1 Response

Barley straw is meant for the control of algae in large bodies of water, such as ponds. See http://extension.psu.edu/natural-resources/water/ponds/barley-straw. I wouldn't recommend using it in pigeon water bowls. If you are providing clean water on a regular basis, algae should not be an issue.