Lesson 587 – Carefree Enzymes All Natural Water Protector Review

A while back I was sent some samples to give a try. In this post, I’ll review the “All Natural Water Protector” from Carefree Enzymes, Inc in this post.

Water care for our chickens in the past always included a dash of apple cider vinegar added to the 5 gallon water feeder along with open dishes of water scattered throughout the yard (which did not get the vinegar).

The reason we used the vinegar in the water feeder is that with a large reservoir of water (that was always getting dirty from the chickens) it seemed to effectively cut back on bacterial growth and foam. Apple cider vinegar is an acid and bacteria does not grow well in an acidic environment.

It was easy to do and very cost effective, I saw no reason to change.

So although I was willing to give All Natural Water Protector a try, I wasn’t expecting much. It simply seemed like someone had re-invented a common inexpensive item and put a higher cost on it.

The label on the bottle reads: “Nothing is more important to the overall health of your flock than clean, clear water. Manna Pro Water Protector provides a unique blend of enzymes that stop film, residue, and natural contamination from affecting the taste and quality of your poultry’s water. Water Protector is an all-natural solution for keeping your flock’s water supply safe and clear. “

Certainly sounded good enough.

All Natural Water Protector is made from Water, Yeast, Citric Acid, and Potassium Sorbate. Hmmm, yeast huh? The first thing I did was write to the company asking if the yeast was added as a nutrient or a component and I got this reply from Patrick Haley, the President of CareFree Enzymes, Inc

Apple cider vinegar, or for that matter any vinegar, is extremely harsh and will eat through galvanized containers.  I don’t have the report but I was told by the health director at MannaPro that Apple vinegar will take the cuticle off the egg with its high pH.

I like to think of vinegar as a great window cleaner. Our product has a pH of less than 4, and will not affect the cuticle.

Our enzymes are made up of a Yeast extract: The EPA recognizes yeast as an inert ingredient, they do not recognize enzymes.  While on the other hand, in the organic industry, they recognize enzymes but not the yeast extract.  When we developed the label for MannaPro they wanted the EPA version.”

It was after reading this email, that I had a bit of an “ah-ha” moment. We have to replace our galvanized water feeders on pretty much a yearly basis due to rust. I had always attributed this to the rusted parts (those little hooks that connect the top to the dish) being constantly underwater. Water + metal = rust, right?

But then it occurred to me that the galvanized pail I have used for years and years around the house did not have a spec of rust on it.

Perhaps, the innocuous Apple cider vinegar I had been using was not that innocuous after all.

I started adding the All Natural Water Protector to our chicken’s water. I have not noticed any bacteria growth or foam and it seems to be working as well as my tried and true Apple Cider Vinegar.  For me, it makes sense to use a product that will protect the water from bacterial growth but that will also protect my chickens from an acidic and harsh chemical entering their body (and if you don’t think Apple cider vinegar is harsh, try getting it near your eye sometime.)

I plan on continuing to use this product in our chicken’s water and will see if we end up replacing our water feeder at the end of winter which is the time that we usually do. If this product can keep my water containers from rusting it will be well worth the cost of use.

And after all, if something I am adding to the water is so acidic that it can cause rust, what must it be doing with regard to leaching the calcium supplies in my chickens?


 Note: I received a sample of this product for review. I am not affiliated with Carefree Enzymes, Inc. All views are my own.

Next week I will review the Egg Washing product.


Filed under All things chickens, Backyard Chickens, chicken care

4 responses to “Lesson 587 – Carefree Enzymes All Natural Water Protector Review

  1. bill

    i don’t know about apple cider, but white vinegar will eat a stainless steel,chrome, an pot metal of course…cost me about $200.00 spray gun to learn it …so i respect it , it’s a very strong acid, now an no way give it to a animal of any kind……

    • Wendy Thomas


      You’ve got a great point. I think that there is definitely a need for something that is effective and less harsh.


  2. I have a few comments about this product and allow me to begin by saying that I think you were right in your initial assessment that someone simply re-packaged a common item and is charging a higher price for it. The only benefit that this product has over ACV is that it will not corrode galvanized steel, but among the chicken-keeping population that uses ACV as a part of their flock management practices, it is common knowledge that the use of vinegar in galvanized waterers will corrode them over time and folks simply use plastic waterers or poultry nipple watering systems. The benefits of ACV to chickens far outweigh the inconvenience of replacing metal waterers with plastic.

    To say that vinegar will take the cuticle off the egg has no relevance to whether this product is better to use in poultry water than ACV. Chickens drink a VERY DILUTE AMOUNT of ACV, they do not lay their eggs in it! The one tablespoon per gallon of vinegar that is used would not even be strong enough to wash your windows effectively with.

    ACV does impart enough health benefits to chickens that it is worthwhile using. ACV does not, in fact, “leach the calcuim supplies in chickens.” It is a natural antibacterial agent and improves the gut health of chickens, making them less susceptible to all kinds of illnesses. This product cannot make those claims. This product is about the WATER, NOT the chicken’s HEALTH as ACV is.

    Not only is commercially prepared ACV less expensive per ounce than this product, ACV is EASILY made at home for pennies a gallon! Even when you factor in the cost of new plastic waterers, you will still come out ahead of the game at the end of the yea financially versus buying this product AND your chickens will be healthier for it.

    I just wrote a blog post on the benefits of raw ACV with the mother for chickens and consulted a chicken veterinarian in the process. I think you may find it useful: http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/07/make-raw-apple-cider-vinegar-acv-with.html

    As a blogger who does product reviews myself, I understand that we want to write a favorable review whenever possible, but if the only positive thing that can be said about this product is that it seems to keep the slime to a minimum and won’t corrode metal waterers, that’s not enough for an endorsement in my book.

    Thanks for allowing me to add my two cents and I hope you consider the chickens’ well-being when making your final decision about which is a better additive to their water.

  3. Kathy,

    I would like to address a few key points in you reply.

    First, you’re absolutely right! ACV is a great cost effective product that the majority of chicken owners’ use.

    Secondly, on the surface, the difference between ACV and Enzymes appears to be: non-corrosive vs. corrosive. However, that is without knowing what enzymes are, how they work and why they are important in poultry diet.

    Enzymes are biological catalyst composed of amino acids with vitamins and minerals. They bring about biochemical reactions without themselves undergoing any change. The benefits of using enzymes in poultry diets include not only enhanced bird performance and feed conversion but also less environmental problems due to reduced output of excretion.

    Our company have numerous test studies to validate the significant potential of our enzymatic products. The digestion is only one aspect.

    Thirdly, enzymes are a natural water cleaner but also a parasite control method. Consider that not only does your poultry drink from your source, but, at worse, your dog, cat, etc. The contaminated water source is an issue. The enzymes break down the sludge, slime and bacteria build-up. The use of enzymes within water sources has been around for years. The differences in enzymatic products vary based on what enzymes they are using and the ingredients being used to tackle whatever issue at hand.

    Lastly, our consultation is with laboratories and universities and professionals in the field of study. We do not make assertions not otherwise backed by science and we pride our-self on that. Yet, it is up to every chicken owner to decide, at cost of not just the chicken’s health, but the environment, what method works best. Our company merely offers an alternative that is cost effective and promotes Eco-friendly products.


    CareFree Enzymes, Inc

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