Best Water Bowl for New Coop

Amy Weaver

In the Brooder
Aug 14, 2020
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Right now, we have a small coop and run, so we use nipple waterers, but when the girls are out of the run, I provide large bowls of water and they love it. When we get our larger coop at the end of September, how do I use large bowls of water without them constantly getting dirty. As I type this, it seems like a silly question, but I want to get their food and water system right when they get their new home.
 

CluckerFamily

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For years I used the nipples and a bucket in my coop. For the last two years, I changed to a 7 gallon chicken waterer. In the winter, I use a heater base that the waterer sits on, this turned out to be the perfect height off the ground so that the water didn't get dirty. In the non-winter months, I put the waterer on a cement stone/block for that same height. You could try something like this in your run now to play with the height.
 

Amy Weaver

In the Brooder
Aug 14, 2020
10
25
36
For years I used the nipples and a bucket in my coop. For the last two years, I changed to a 7 gallon chicken waterer. In the winter, I use a heater base that the waterer sits on, this turned out to be the perfect height off the ground so that the water didn't get dirty. In the non-winter months, I put the waterer on a cement stone/block for that same height. You could try something like this in your run now to play with the height.
We live in Vermont, so a warmer will be necessary. Do you mind telling me what kind you have? I also like the non-winter months idea. Getting the right height shouldn't be too difficult. Thank you!
 

GC-Raptor

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When we get our larger coop at the end of September, how do I use large bowls of water without them constantly getting dirty.
I wouldn't put bowls of water inside the coop.
They'll get messy quickly and splashing of water will make for wet bedding.
I use a galvanized waterer in my coops, a 2 and a 3 gallon.
They are set on a heated base in the winter. Electricity required. This model has 125 watts of power.
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It has kept water from freezing at -1F with a 3 gallon waterer.

It's important to keep a clean contact between waterer and base. Shavings, dirt, poop and sand between base and waterer won't allow max heat transfer and water may freeze. GC
 

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