Cons - The tray/trough doesn’t hold water for longer than 10 minutes
Float fills and holds water easily.
I hate this “waterer.”
From day one we have had issues with it leaking, if it wasn’t absolutely PERFECTLY level.
Once we got it perfectly level, it worked really well for a week, but the water level was always very near the top of the lip.
I went out to check the chickens after filling it the day before and it was empty- the girls were thirsty- and that’s when the hatred began.
Took it apart, “cleaned it”- (it wasn’t dirty) put it back together: Held water for a couple of days then leaked all of it out.
I placed it into a black rubber feeding pan (that had a lip a little taller than it’s own water tray) so that it could overflow until it was deep enough to actually have the internal float work as intended and stop the flow. It worked for a very short while, a couple weeks or so, as long as we kept it in this, slightly deeper pan.
Then it started to overflow out of the pan: the internal float (the part that looks like a large black donut) is not all one piece, and would fill with water. I could drain the float just by holding it sideways and it would work for a few days then the “float” refills with water.
By this point, I just wanted it to work. We sealed the float with aquarium silicone and the waterer worked better than ever for three weeks. I was so happy. Then it started leaking again. The only thing I can count on with this: is that it will drain 5 gallons of water. I have no idea. I hate this piece of ugh.
Pros - Leaks, or doesn't allow water through at all.
TWO trips and a half a day messing with these to try to get them to work. The first had a defect that wouldn't allow the water to actually come through....the float was constantly pushed up. The second wouldn't STOP running. Ugh!