Bad waterers

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by furbabymum, Jun 2, 2012.

  1. furbabymum

    furbabymum Songster

    1,336
    59
    188
    May 6, 2012
    Burns, Wyoming
    I'm having a huge issue with store bought waterers. It must be me. I first bought the 4H brand plastic white and green 5 gallon waterer. It would not stop leaking. So I took it back about bought the metal version. It too leaks. I've been using a level to make sure where I'm putting it is in fact level. What is going on here?? Is it just me????????
     
    Last edited by a moderator: Jun 2, 2012
  2. BellevueOmlet

    BellevueOmlet Songster

    1,469
    38
    191
    Jul 10, 2010
    I'm sorry to hear your troubles. That is what lead us to start using the Beakup cup waterers. Easy to refill outside fo the coop and goes to cups that do not leak.
    [​IMG]
     
  3. breakout

    breakout In the Brooder

    65
    5
    31
    May 14, 2012
    I looked at a lot of watering solutions and went with the chicken nipples which is the method used by most commercial operations. No bowl for the chickens to make a mess in. The site has lots of info on various methods of using them. BTW they can only handle about 3 lbs of pressure so the options are to use them with a bucket (many examples here and on YouTube), or an expensive pressure reducing system from the house line (can see at Farmtek) or my choice siphon from a glass aquarium in the house to avod plastic and keep the water at a good temperature. Can see that here if interested
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/672358/my-chicken-watering-solution
     
  4. janeken

    janeken In the Brooder

    35
    0
    22
    Jun 1, 2012
    bedford virginia
    nice ideas, thanks
     
  5. furbabymum

    furbabymum Songster

    1,336
    59
    188
    May 6, 2012
    Burns, Wyoming
    How much did ya'lls chicken nipple system cost???
     
  6. cstep56

    cstep56 Chirping

    5
    0
    55
    Jun 3, 2012
    How do you suggest keeping the water from freezing in the winter. thanks
     
  7. Jersey Jon

    Jersey Jon In the Brooder

    28
    2
    24
    May 20, 2012
    Rockaway, NJ
    Quote: x2 - I was thinking heat tape wrapped with a metal coil so the chix don't peck it, but that is just another fire hazard.
     
  8. breakout

    breakout In the Brooder

    65
    5
    31
    May 14, 2012
    This is a guess because I lost track with a number of trips to lowes etc but it was $15 for the aquarium, about $25 for pvc and connectors and the freezer hose, $7.71 for 4 nipples (1 is a spare) from QC Supply shipping inc. Then I used some scrap cedar fence plank for the frame. Maybe a few more bucks for the handle/level but that's optional.
     
  9. breakout

    breakout In the Brooder

    65
    5
    31
    May 14, 2012
    In the winter we'll put warm water in the aquarium which since it's in the house should be fine. Not sure if we might have a problem anyway with the outside hose and nipples. Since we're in Texas it might be enough to throw a dropcloth over it if we get a freeze. Could run a lightbulb out to keep under the cloth if needed at night for a little heat.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: