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Plastic 1 Quart Jar Waterer

86% Positive Reviews
Rated #1 in Waterers


Pros: inexpensive

Cons: leaks, unsteady, easily soiled

I purchased four of these for brooder boxes and from day one have hated them.  Unless they are perfectly level (which is impossible on top of pine shavings) the water runs out and soaks the bedding.  It hardly weighs anything, so bigger (3 week +) birds knock it over easily.  There is ALWAYS droppings and shaving in the water.  When the birds are small, they step in it and poop, and when they are larger they perch on the top and do the same thing.  Even the small chicks fill it with shavings within minutes of being in the box, forget the older birds.  The water will NEVER be clean, it takes them about two seconds to dirty it up after you clean it out.  I wouldn't leave the house for more than a few short hours because I knew when I got back none of my chicks would have water.  Even over night I would get up and clean them out at LEAST once, usually more.




Pros: none

Cons: plastic threading is terrible..

When I would fill my water jug up it would take about two seconds for my month old goslings to knock it off its base.The threading on the jug and base are cheap...Wish I knew who made this kind of stuff that is done all here in the U.S.


Pros: Easy to refill & clean. Fill once a day for up to 12 young chicks

Cons: Need to refill often for larger flocks.

I use 1 quart mason jars for the top & just buy the reservoir bottom- and the mason jar is heavier so it doesn't tip. It's better for very young chicks (first few weeks) as they can't reach into the reservoir in the larger ones as successfully. I also raise these up a bit on a piece of 2x4 (that extends past the bottom so chicks can use that as a step until they're tall enough to reach over the lid- this keeps it elevated from the wood chips so they don't go in as easily. Plus these are easier to refill and wash than the huge ones that spill all over when you flip them around. These are great for short term use, esp with smaller flocks unless you get several to put throughout the brooder.


Pros: Easy to clean, chicks like it

Cons: Doesnt refill when bottom part is empty

Maybe I got a broken one, but my doesn't refill on the bottom even though the jar is full. I have to tilt it way over and it gulps until theres a tiny bit of water in the bottom, I'm out there a few times a day checking it/ tipping it. I cant wait until they get the hang of the horizontal nipples...


Pros: Easy to fill and clean. *Cheep *

Cons: None that can't be overcome

Using one for 14 new chicks, They are 2 weeks old now and we have to fill it twice a day. Easy to clean by sweeping a finger around it or just swiftly tipping it over. We have ours elevated on top of a couple of bricks to minimize shaving pollution. Same with the mash food dish they seem to be addicted to. We started adding water to their crumbs and now they demand it. They have graduated from a saucer to a dinner plate and complain loudly when it's empty. We may have a problem later with them knocking the waterer over but for now it's working real well. For less than $3 you cant go wrong.  :thumbsup 


Pros: easy fill, does not leak, takes a pounding and freezing, stays put

Cons: none so far

Perfect waterer for my 14 chickens and 5 guineas.  I have it on top of a coffee container that is filled with sand and it stays put.  I have two of them and I switch them out once a day and fill once a day.  My flock is 3 months old and I can see using this for months to come.


Pros: It works good,it is not expensive,it you don't have to refill that often when they are smaller.

Cons: You can only use it for so long then you have to fill it up a lot.

It is a pretty good waterer when they are chicks and when they were at least 15 weeks old I was using it and I still use it just for some extra water for them.They aren't very expensive also.


Pros: Provides water, no cracking, not too deep

Cons: Easy to tip, Gets dirty in seconds, leaks easily if not level

I wasn't impressed with how quickly it was soiled and a pain to keep level. We ended up using a long chick feeder as a water pan and put these away. Good for about the first week or two.


Pros: Inexpensive, easy to clean, durable

Cons: Can be prone to spilling, gets dirty easily

This is the waterer that I use when raising chicks. In the three years that I've had the waterers (I have two of them), they've never cracked or faded much in color. The design of the waterer is such that cleaning is simple--just use a paper towel to wipe of the base and quart jar, and you're done. The red base ensures that chicks are attracted to the water, which helps them get used to drinking. Also, its nicely sized, supplying enough water for 1-2 days for about a dozen chicks. Of course, if it gets dirty, as is common, I end up replacing the water sooner. 


The ease at which the waterer gets dirty is the main drawback of this waterer. It works great for the few 3 weeks or so, but older chicks soon start stuff it with wood shavings and feed. This can be slightly remedied by placing the waterer on a block of wood, but even that doesn't completely solve the problem. I usually end up changing the water 1-2 times a day when the chicks are older. Another, related problem pertains to the waterer leaking: If stuffed somewhat with shavings, or tipped at an angle, the water in the waterer sometimes gradually leaks out. This floods the bedding, creating a damp environment for the chicks, which isn't good. However, by the time the waterer is being pushed around, that usually means that it is time to switch to a larger adult chicken waterer. 


Pros: Easy to refill, nice size for small broods of chicks, durable

Cons: Sometimes leaks if not level

I've used this waterer for all of my chicks. It has worked well every time, for the most part. Chicks have an easy time drinking out of it, and the base isn't too deep, so they don't drown easily (I've never had one drown). It works especially well if put up on a block of wood so that wood shavings can't be scratched in too easily. My waterers are durable, and have not broken or cracked. These waterers are really easy to clean; you simply unscrew the base, and you can easily clean it. Every once in a while, it can leak and drain all of the water out, creating wet bedding. However, this has not happened to me often, and overall, this is a good waterer for chicks.

Plastic 1 Quart Jar Waterer

Plastic 1 quart waterer is constructed of heavy duty polyethylene. Screw on design makes attachment to quart size jar very easy. Great waterer for school projects and home use on new born chicks. Jar and base included.

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