To properly clean plastic livestock feeders, use dish washing detergent, a scrub brush and water. If the feeder needs to be disinfected, use Nolvasan or bleach. If using bleach, mix it to the manufacturer's specifications, and allow it to sit in the feeder for 10 to 12 minutes before fully rinsing with water. Feeders should be cleaned once to twice a week in the summer months and at least once a week in the winter.
Clean plastic livestock feeders regularly to prevent disease and infection. Shallow feeders that reside on the stall's ground are easily stepped in and bring sand, bacteria and other debris into the horse's food. When infested with sand, the potential for the horse to contract sand colic is high. Only use these feeders on a short-term basis, such as during travelling or while attending horse shows.
Wall-mounted plastic feeders are a relatively easy way to avoid bacteria and debris contamination. However, clean them on a regular basis, especially if feeding the livestock supplements other than hay and pellets.
Many livestock owners insist on using wooden troughs over plastic livestock feeders. Because wood easily absorbs moisture, mold spores and bacteria run rampant through the trough. Additionally, the larger space provided by the trough invites rodents that leave behind feces that can cause illness if ingested.