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Old 04-15-2018, 03:53 PM
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Re: Is tap water ok?

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The thought occurs to me how often I see birds drinking from river water, pond water and mud puddles or eat clay from the river banks of the amazon.

Distilled clean of contaminants is a perfect chemical attribute to water.

I wonder? would pure water kill a bird? sorry its sunday and it just started sleeting!!
global warming is really late this year!
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Old 04-15-2018, 11:01 PM
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Re: Is tap water ok?

If you mean 'pure water' as in RO water or distilled... well, there's a lot of controversy over it... some say it's great and clean of contaminates, others say that if you drink it, then your body will lose minerals because the water pulls minerals from your body and you lose them when you use the restroom... in that sense, it would be recommended to drink alkaline water.


Here's one of those anti-RO articles (an advertisement!)

https://www.aqualiv.com/reverse-osmo...filter-health/


I don't know how much truth there is to health issues related to drinking RO water, especially when thousands of people live in areas where there is soft water to begin with and may not be getting the "necessary minerals" required from drinking water. That said, I would hope that they would be receiving all the necessary minerals they require through diet alone!
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Old 04-15-2018, 11:12 PM
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Re: Is tap water ok?

I heard that distilled water was detrimental as well. I don't know if it pulls the minerals from the body as you say or if just doesn't have them (and therefore doesn't replenish). But ya, I think drinking water with minerals is best.

However, bottled water that was filtered by reverse osmosis usually has the nessecary minerals added back into it. So I don't know if articles like that are really all that valid. I'll read it though and see.

Edit: Yep, I don't think that article is valid. Of course you don't want to drink straight RO water, but this is misleading as all the bottled water I've seen is filtered and then has minerals added back in. Maybe they're just trying to sell their product, idk.

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Re: Is tap water ok?

Guys.... Its basic science.

Elemental...

Water moledule equals 2 atoms of Hydrogen plus one atom of oxygen. Hence H2O

Any and everything else is an additive. If you want other atoms/Molecules you will need to add things like atomic minerals... Iron Lead Copper Gold Silver Mercury, the mineral atom/molecules are endless..

Go with distilled water or get water with additives.. if you want them, like Chlorine, Florine etc etc etc.. go for it.. we all ingest that stuff every time we take a breathe or eat something..

Remember... everything in moderation..! We all are stardust!

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Re: Is tap water ok?

Like I mentioned, it's an advertisement! LOL

RO water and distilled are technically the same, it's just that how they are made is different. It would be about the same as rain water out in the country.


What I don't know is if there is any truth to drinking RO water, because if there is, then I would imagine that communities that have soft water would report higher cases of health issues due to drinking such water. It's not something I've looked into though so I don't know what truth there may be to it.
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Re: Is tap water ok?

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It's not something I've looked into though so I don't know what truth there may be to it.
Yeah.. understood.. 90% or more of the stuff about water is a marketing ploy IMO.. Its amazing to me how they leave off the simple science behind water in its self..

I know reverse osmosis, I also understand distillation. Frankly distilled or purified water tastes uh... really bland..

Dont kill me cause I add a very very small amount of fruit or even coke to my birds water bottle. He loves the flavored water with all its chemicals in it. So compared to the molecular (chemical) make of water that is available to our winged friends in the wild.. uh... tap water is uh the best they will.... oh nevermind
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Old 04-16-2018, 12:55 AM
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Re: Is tap water ok?

Someone did design teas for parrots... so!!!

Beaks Birdhouse Tea

https://greywoodmanor.com/t/avian-teas


I'd personally avoid adding soda to their water but I don't see any harm to adding fruit.
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Old 04-16-2018, 01:17 AM
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Re: Is tap water ok?

yeah no soda.. just a tiny tiny bit of coloring. its probably no worse than all the crap he eats.. I spend anywhere from 2 - 8 hours a day walking him around town and in the park. I got a little alarmed yesterday with a rhododendrum he seemed to be fond of. Then again, he seems to like to eat any tree branch, will dig holes in the dirt and bites the buds off the 70yo rose garden specimens...

lots of plants that can be toxic to alot of animals, I think, I cant be sure, however when passing near low hanging branches there are type he uhhh avoids..

My confidence is pretty high that he is a wild animal with a heredity from the Amazon. anyways,, sorry for the digression..
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Re: Is tap water ok?

I just read this thread yesterday and thought I'd comment.

Am very surprised that nobody mentioned (unless I missed it) that they give their bird filtered water from Brita, Pur, or any other charcoal filtered water.
I just took my 12 week old Conure for his first vet visit and the vet was ADAMANT to not giving filtered water. She said that the charcoal filter does develop bacteria over time and although not un-safe for us, IS for the bird.

My tap water is o.k. But I started using a filter a couple years ago just for better taste. When I pour the tap water into the pitcher you can definitely smell the chlorine.
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Re: Is tap water ok?

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I just read this thread yesterday and thought I'd comment.

Am very surprised that nobody mentioned (unless I missed it) that they give their bird filtered water from Brita, Pur, or any other charcoal filtered water.
I just took my 12 week old Conure for his first vet visit and the vet was ADAMANT to not giving filtered water. She said that the charcoal filter does develop bacteria over time and although not un-safe for us, IS for the bird.

My tap water is o.k. But I started using a filter a couple years ago just for better taste. When I pour the tap water into the pitcher you can definitely smell the chlorine.
I recently got a jug filter so thanks for the info! I had no idea that they were bad for birds
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