Waterers are constructed of heavy gauge galvanized steel with rolled edges for safety. Features arched inner handles for added strength. Brass valves and rubber seals produce a positive water shut-off. Seams tested to prevent leaks.Also feature locking pin
Pros - - Good capacity
- Durable and rugged
- Easy to carry when full if using internal handle
Cons - - Outer / top handle must be modified to hang w/out sliding
- Will rust badly if not occasionally cleaned
We've used this type of waterer for several years now. Our first one rusted out in a couple seasons, I think mainly due to the fact that we never bothered to clean it out very well. With our second one, I usually scrub out the bottom every couple months, and has held up about 3 years now without rusting.
I like the 2 gallon capacity -- doesn't need to be refilled as often as the other plastic 1 gallon waterer we use in the summers. It is easy to carry full of water by using the internal handle (i.e. the one in the "tank", with the top off). When I get out to the coop after refilling, I put top on there and then hang it back up.
To hang by the outside handle (i.e. the one on the top), it needs to be modified in some way to keep it from sliding to one side or the other and spilling all the water out. We did this by lashing the handle with some thick cord, leaving a gap in the middle for the hanging hook. It now hangs securely from the middle of that outer handle, with no room for the hook to slide off to either side.
Approx. $25 (I think -- it's been a while) from TSC
Pros - It only holds 2 gallons so it not too heavy to carry around, it's very easy to fill up and clean, etc.
Cons - None
I think this waterer is great. It only holds 2 gallons of water so if you're a younger, older or out of shape it's not too much work to carry from the hose to the coop. It's it's very easy to fill up compared to other waterers I've had for example you don't have to twist the cap on the correct way to get the waterer to work properly ) It's metal so so it won't get scratched or break like the plastic and glass ones do.