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4 gallon waterer what am I doing wrong....just leaks out

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by write2caroline, Jan 17, 2012.

  1. write2caroline

    write2caroline Songster

    Jun 21, 2009
    I spent $49.00 to purchase this horrible waterer. It is suppose to hold 4 gallons of water and flow slowly into the ring for the chickens. Yes, I read the directions. It has a black cap by the flow tube, a o ring at the large main top and I fill the sucker up and in minutes (even though we followed directions with the correct placement of both items) it just flows out and makes a mess leaving my chickens with limited water supply. I have all kinds of back up waterers and nibs but I was so excited for this waterer and to find I should have saved my money! This waterer has a white container for the water and that fits into a red ring like container from which the chickens drink.

    Anyone else tried this type of waterer?

    Last edited: Jan 17, 2012

  2. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Songster

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    Are you putting the small black cap back on above the drain hole. Also, make sure the top is on just right, They will leak all water out if there's an air leak. I have three of these I had some problems at first but now I know how much to tighten the top on.
  3. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Songster

    Jun 25, 2011
    Milner, Georgia
    I don't know the water system you're talking about but remember water will always seek it's own level. You have to have the drain hole, tube or whatever yours has plugged or water will continue to flow till it empty. You don't want any drain hole higher than about a quarter inch below the catch basin lip. The water containers I have, have the holes are lower than that. Do you have a picture of it? I'd like to see what you have. [​IMG]
  4. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Crowing

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    Take the top off, and clean the O ring well
    Fill the waterer as full as you can, and rub a little Vaseline or vegetable oil on the O ring.

    Rinse the inside of the top and put it on snugly.

    Remove the small cap at the bottom and make sure it doesn't overfill the reservoir.
    If it starts to overflow, tighten the top a little more.

    Also be SURE the waterer is sitting level

    Make sure the O ring is always clean and wet when you screw on the lid and it should work fine from now on
  5. daniel-delarosa

    daniel-delarosa Songster

    Dec 14, 2010
    Seminole, Oklahoma
    Try and take it back and make one of these 5 gallon bucket ones for about ten bucks.
    1 person likes this.
  6. BellevueOmlet

    BellevueOmlet Songster

    Jul 10, 2010
    I'm not sure what type of waterer you are talking about. Do you have a picture?
  7. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Crowing

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    One like this:


  8. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Songster

    Aug 6, 2011
    Pacific North West
    I have this waterer and had water issues in the beginning and found out the unit had to be level.
  9. BellevueOmlet

    BellevueOmlet Songster

    Jul 10, 2010
    I'm sorry but I have only heard bad things about those. Several people have said they burnt and melted.
    It would suck to scrap it and start over but if you deicde to build a new one, let me know and I'll help you out.
    This is what I use:
    It has a bucket heater in it that keeps the water warm when it freezes
  10. Wyogirl

    Wyogirl Songster

    Apr 5, 2010
    Cody, WY
    What kind of heater?? I use dog bowls and we have to fill it constantly, am looking for a bigger bucket that doesn't freeze in the winter[​IMG]

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