Originally Posted by tjparker60
Originally Posted by Sylvester017
The Brite Tap combo pkg isn't cheap but we had to decide what chicken expense was the most beneficial to invest in. After dealing with open bowl waterers with wild bird and chicken poops in them and having to change them out 2 and 3x a day we can finally not worry about dirty water or if the hens knocked over a bowl or if the wild birds are mooching or pooping in the water. We like the portability of the jugs and easy to carry to a cleaning station and they can be hung up by the handle in a coop if desired.
Well I think that's the way I'm going to go. i don't mind the expense of its best for the girls!
Other than sheer convenience, I don't know why one would pay $70 for the BriteTap combo (2 gallon insulated cooler and the 2 nipple water insert "gizmo") when you can buy the "gizmo" for $30 and a 5 gallon Igloo drink cooler at Walmart for $20. Pull the spout off the cooler, shove in the "gizmo" (which you have to do if you buy the combo anyway!!). 3 more gallons of water, for $20 less. If you want only 2 gallons, you can get a 2 gallon Rubbermaid insulated cooler for $10 at Home Depot. Seems like BT is selling a $10 cooler for $40.
BTW that Britetap will freeze solid in the winter and there is no way you will get even very hot water in the cooler to go out and keep the water in the external "reservoir" from doing so. Also, nice as it is to see the water in the "gizmo", it WILL turn green there because the sun can get to it. They actually sell a $13 sun cover for it so now you are up to $83 (plus shipping I presume) to solve a problem you can do yourself for < $15.
Not meaning to dump on the BT but if one is willing to tap some nipples into the side or bottom of a drink cooler:
- it is WAY cheaper
- the nipples can be kept from freezing at very cold temps with the seasonal addition of a stock tank or submersible aquarium heater
- and no algae issues
Originally Posted by KDOGG331
Originally Posted by tjparker60
Thank you! I have until June to get everything set up, but I don't want to wait until the last minute!
Aww yeah, I bought some stuff so early haha the funny part was when the chicks arrived a day earlier I had NOTHING prepared, no brooder even, even though I had over a month to do it
i was dumb like that, don't be like me ha
Kelsey was so excited she had egg cartons before she had chicks! Yeah, learn from the experiences of others. Fortunately the cartons are now being used.
Originally Posted by Roada Red
Well to me I like vicious roosters they are good protecters of the lady's
If they are "protecting" the ladies from the PEOPLE, they need to be retrained or rehomed. NO rooster should be "protecting" the flock from the people that feed them.
Originally Posted by beautifulpirate
After the run...
What did your daughter do to earn cement overshoes????? Could you be convinced to reconsider her fate at the bottom of the lake?
I can point you to threads that will VERY QUICKLY lead you to attach a wire from the lever on that latch through the door ending in a loop on the INSIDE of the run. Or, you can find out why you want that all on your own.