Could these work for watering and feeding?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Smoosh, Jun 22, 2011.

  1. Smoosh

    Smoosh Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 16, 2011
    Hot Springs, Arkansas
  2. mljohnson05

    mljohnson05 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2011
    Yes those will work...I have seen many people use them.

    Only issue I have seen is that the water and food get dirty easily cause they can stand in it with that large of an opening.
    I would suggest raising up on blocks, or even putting chicken wire on top so they don't go bathing in it [​IMG]

    Best Wishes,
  3. ErinG

    ErinG Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 6, 2010
    The problem I see with the feeder, mainly, is that not very many chickens can eat at the same time. Somebody's going to get left out and may not get enough to eat. We had too small of a feeder, and our banty started eating straw instead. She ended up with an impacted crop. Those cost the same as poultry feeders, seems like you should just get what is already designed for them. My two cents.
  4. Smoosh

    Smoosh Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 16, 2011
    Hot Springs, Arkansas
    Ok. Thank you [​IMG] I'll probably jsut get the waterer. We only have 5 chickens so it should work
  5. BoltonChicken

    BoltonChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2011
    Bolton, Mississippi
    It WILL work, but it WILL get very dirty on a daily basis. They will walk in it, poop in it, and scratch litter into it. Nasty.
    Mark me as a nipple system advocate!

  6. Neil Grassbaugh

    Neil Grassbaugh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 1, 2008
    For the $35 plus that that water is going to cost you I will make you one like this (less water storage tank) and ship it to you.
    Actually for $35 I will ship you five of them.


    And this one will be much easier to work with.
  7. 2DogsFarm

    2DogsFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2009
    NW Indiana
    The feeder might work for a small flock - 3-5 chickens.
    Like others said, be certain you raise it above floor level or it will get dirty pretty fast.

    You don't say where you're located, but the waterer is not going to work for you if you get cold Winter weather - temps low enough for water to freeze.
  8. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

    Feb 28, 2009
    Syracuse, NY
    I've recently installed five gallon buckets with lids and 3 nipples on each. It allows for 3 or 4 gallons of water and not having to lug water everyday. You do need to keep them clean of course but they are much cheaper than even the conventional poultry waterers. The ones the OP shows are much more expensive and will be just as hard to maintain.
  9. Love my Critters!

    Love my Critters! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2008
    Carlsbad, NM
    I have an exact waterer like that from Wal-mart. I used about 8 bricks and made a platform to put it on. It doesn't get dirty, but I have a dirt/sand floor. I replaced the top bottle with a 5 gallon one so it will last longer. I love mine. I have not used the food one though...

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