Bottle style waterer?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by kipper, May 17, 2009.

  1. kipper

    kipper Chillin' With My Peeps

    I am looking into using bottle style waterers to reduce spillage and increase sanitation. This seems to be a growing trend for those who don't want to create a piped system.

    Has/is anyone out there used water bottles (like the kind used for rabbits and parrots) for their chickens? I'd love to hear the pros and cons, also any good sources to purchase them. Thanks.
  2. Snakeoil

    Snakeoil Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 10, 2009
    SE Iowa
    I've used them and didn't like them at all. Any poultry supply will have them, (google).
  3. chickenbottom

    chickenbottom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 30, 2008
    hollister, florida
    i though thought about using them before but then i thought how will they get there little tongues wrapped around it to suck the water out
  4. nhnanna

    nhnanna Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2008
    The chicken coop
    I use them for my Silkies and Bantys that are too small to let out yet. They love them and they don't take up room because its on the outside of the cages. I was surprised at how fast they caught on. Just squeeze it a little so they see that the water is coming out and one will try it and then the rest will follow. I put a small dish under it in case it leaks. I got mine at Walmart for around 3.00. Works real good for brooders. [​IMG]
  5. aank4

    aank4 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 22, 2009
    I use a bottle style waterer inside the coop, and a regular fountain style chicken waterer outside of the coop. The bottle style waterer I use is the Water Buddy by Edstrom. While it holds only about 32 oz, the outdoor waterer is several gallons. I believe that they are discontinuing the Water Buddy model soon, which is too bad, since I have had no leakage from the spout (as opposed to ball-style waterers, which always seem drippy). It's also top-fill, which is very convenient, and the water stays very clean.

    The chickens have had no issues learning how to use it, and the water level changes make it obvious that they are using it relatively often. It is keeping the coop much drier (and therefore cleaner) than when I had a larger waterer inside the coop (which kept getting bumped and spilled). They even make a Water Buddy with a plug-in heating element to keep it from freezing in the winter (I have both the heated and unheated styles, so I can switch them out).

    Since the bottle waterer does seem to make the chickens work a little harder to get water out, I'm glad that I have both the bottle waterer and the fountain waterer. I don't worry about them getting dehydrated as much, having the multiple choices available to them.
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  6. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

    Jun 27, 2008
    West Central Ohio
    Quote:They don't wrap their tongues around it. They press the little metal ball that allows the water to come out and it trickles into their beak and down their throat.

    I am considering getting one for my bantams also.
  7. chickenbottom

    chickenbottom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 30, 2008
    hollister, florida
    lol sorry ive just always seen a rabbit put its whole mouth around it
  8. kipper

    kipper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thank you for your experiences and opinions, I'd love to hear more. So far I'm leaning toward a regular water font outside and bottles in.

    There is one on a website called the Walden Effect for sale, it looks like it would do the trick. Has anyone tried it? If so, did you get the kit or ready to use one? What is the capacity?
  9. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

    Jun 27, 2008
    West Central Ohio
    Quote:If you watch closely, you'll see them use their tongue to push it. [​IMG]
  10. sugar pants

    sugar pants Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 28, 2009
    Do chickens have tongues?? I've never looked that close....

    I have one that we all (me and the chicks that is) LOVE. It's actually a heated one because when I went to buy a regular rabbit one....this was right beside it and I figure I'd have to tackle that come winter anyway...might as well get it now. So it was more expensive....but that's one problem taken care of.

    Mine doesn't drip much...if at all. The bedding underneath the spout is never wet, so.....

    I think it holds 20 oz of water...and I have to refill it every day. I'm not sure how much water a chicken (they are only 10 weeks old now...i have 4) is supposed to drink...but it seems like they are drinking more than when they had the regular dish that kept getting mucked up.

    I always throw an extra bowl of water out when they are freeranging and they still drink from that as well.

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