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Plastic 1 Quart Jar Waterer

85% Positive Reviews
Rated #1 in Waterers

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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. 

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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.

 

SPEND A LITTLE MORE AND GET A WATERER THAT WORKS!!!! IT'S NOT THIS ONE!

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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.

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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.

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Pros: Good for chicks; didn't have to worry about them drowning. Light weight so I could move it and clean it easily; rinsed off on tossed in the dishwaher.

Cons: Has to be changed ~2-3 x a day as they got older.Hard to keep it flat and balanced.

I found it worked better with a 1 quart Ball jar up on a brick as they got older.

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Pros: Cheap, good starter waterer, easy to fill/clean

Cons: Small capacity, easily soiled, easy to spill

This was our first waterer. It was easy to fill and quick to clean. It cost a little less than $3 with the jar and base together.  We had 2 chicks, so we didn't technically need to fill it more than once a day, although we did have to clean it 2-3 times a day. Even with the waterer on a brick, the chicks would soil it. When the chicks reached about 6-7 weeks of age, they would try to "perch" on the waterer, which tipped and spilled. This is a simple waterer, no frills and does the job, but I would recommend using it only for the first 6-7 weeks if you have a tiny flock, as you will be needing to clean it often and then have to watch out for them spilling the water as they get too big for it. I now use it as a supplementary water source outside for when the chicks are ranging around the yard. If/when I get more chicks, I'll put it to use in the brooder again.  

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Pros: Good for chicks and calm bantams, cheap, washable

Cons: small water capacity, easyliy can drown chicks, gets knocked over easily, easily dirtyed, can not be used for shows, easy to over flow

This waterier is good for chicks but you must use marbles or risk them drowning. This is also good for calmer bantams as i have been using this waterier for my 17 week old bantams since they where 7 weeks old. The only reason i bought this waterier for my bantams and my new chicks is because they where not metal, where very cheap and washable. But this can't be used for shows and have to be put on level ground or else they will empty themselves. They have almost no weight to them so they are knocked over very easily i would save your money and get something bigger. this thing gets dirty in a matter of minutes.

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Pros: Easy to clean

Cons: Would like to be able to buy a larger reservoir

This works great for quail chicks - they are not so large as to tip it over. If I weren't going to a PVC watering system soon, I would put a screen over the bowl to keep them from climbing in it.
At 3 weeks, my 30 quail need this filled twice per day, which I do once in the morning and again when I get home from work.

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Pros: cheap, portable,

Cons: easily tipped, easily soiled, pain to clean

I tried using these waterers for my show chickens, and they just aren't worth the hassle. The chickens were constantly knocking them over and/or kicking woodchips and other junk inside the basin. Once they're knocked over, odds are they will leak all of their contents onto your pen or cage floor (unless you were fortunate enough to have them fall with the opening facing up, which isn't too likely). Also, the little screw-in threads on both the basin and the tub are a pain to clean, as is the water opening on the basin. These might be good for week-old chicks, or until a better watering system is discovered, but I really wouldn't recommend them for long-term use, especially with older birds. 

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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...
Plastic 1 Quart Jar Waterer
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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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