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A simple tip to hang a galvanized double wall fountain waterer

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I have a plastic waterer in my coop.  I purchased a galvanized double wall fountain (that's what they are called) waterer for the run.  I really like to clear up floor space, so I wanted to hang it by a chain and not set it up on cement blocks.  I realized it did not have a narrow spot in the handle to keep it centered on a chain link (unlike the plastic waterer).  Without that "spot", it would shift to one side or the other and spill.

I took a chain link, (the kind that screws open and closed in this case) and got some JB Weld from the workbench.  JB Weld is basically a 2 part epoxy with metal. I "welded" the link in place (perfect center of the handle).  Now the fountain can be hung, and the attached chain stays centered.  note: to keep the link in place while the epoxy is setting up, simply hang the fountain on the chain in the correct position.

Of course if you have a "real" welder, you can always spot weld a link in the center.

I can't understand why the handle on the fountain is made that way.  The galvanized feeder (same brand) has an indentation in the handle to keep it centered.


Edited by will hunt for food - 7/16/09 at 4:05am
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Good tip. My husband drilled a hook into the top. Breaks the seal and now it leaks. Good thing it's the waterer that is outside.

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Yep, you cannot break the seal, or the water will "flow" out.  They are really nice, and I like the look of galvanized steel over plastic.  Heavy duty too.

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They also seem to keep the water colder longer for them. I have a plastic one inside the coop and the steel one outside and they all run to the steel one outside to drink.  Silly chickens.

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Will Hunt can you post a pic? I would love to see it. Maybe it would work for us also.  Thanks!!! wee

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I can do that this evening.

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Originally Posted by will hunt for food 

I can't understand why the handle on the fountain is made that way.  The galvanized feeder (same brand) has an indentation in the handle to keep it centered.


Because they are not meant to be hung. 

I recently had to buy another waterer for another pen and there was even a warning that it was not made to be hung.

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I wonder if it's a weight issue.  Maybe the pins that hold the top in place won't stay secure?  Oh well, I'll JB Weld that too if it breaks lol

I do not like the plastic models for long term outdoor use.  I am going to stick with my alteration, and see what happens.

post #9 of 19

i have the hardest time finding a hanging waterer. for some reason my co-op only sells hanging feeders.... so anyways. that is a Great idea!  thanks for sharing!

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Originally Posted by briana1975 

Good tip. My husband drilled a hook into the top. Breaks the seal and now it leaks. Good thing it's the waterer that is outside.


seal up the hole with some two part epoxy and it'll be like new.

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