DIY waterer for quail?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Bettacreek, Jan 19, 2009.

  1. Bettacreek

    Bettacreek Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm trying to save money as much as possible, without cutting corners for the quail. I'm wondering, would one of these work for a quail waterer, or would the risk of them getting in it and drowning be too high?

    http://www.kansan.com/stories/2008/apr/10/reuse_it/

    I'm thinking that without the perches, and if I make the holes just right, I can get away with a super cheap waterer. Any input? Any other waterers that I can make with recycled bottles or jugs? I know I could make them out of just about anything, but I want to try to take up the least amount of space as possible, and I don't want to use pie tins because they're too big, plus, we never use them, so I'd have to buy them anyways.
     
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  2. poultrylady

    poultrylady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ya know you can buy the quail waterer bases that screw on a mason jar for less than $3.00. they are basically drown proof and work very well, they are a must for just hatched quail. They tend to find a way to drown themselves in most any other waterer.[​IMG]
     
  3. UrbanMama

    UrbanMama Gone Country....

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  4. SamG347

    SamG347 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Either what was reccomended above or try the pop-bottle bases...I get mine from Cutler Supply.
    My personal belief is if you try and go the "easy" or "cheap" route you are going to end up losing more than the cost of the good stuff.
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  5. Bettacreek

    Bettacreek Overrun With Chickens

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    I can get the quail water bases at TSC for $2.11 after taxes, but, then I either have to buy their reservoir for another $2.11 or modify the base, because none of the jars we usually get fit properly in them. I'm just trying to find a way to reuse some things and save some money.
     
  6. poultrylady

    poultrylady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey, I understand. Money is tight right now. Have you tried a regular pint canning jar on those bases? They will work. I use alot of them.
     
  7. beakkeeper

    beakkeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you have any Gladware containers around, fill it with water and use a hot nail to punch holes around the bottom. If you already have a big enough container, or even a margarine or yogurt quart container would be fine. Plus, if it freezes, you can just grab another one. Dishwashable too, although you MIGHT not want to put it in with your food dishes... [​IMG]

    Here (@ the bottom of the page) is shelleyd2008's pic of it. Best of luck!

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=107321&p=1
     
  8. Bettacreek

    Bettacreek Overrun With Chickens

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    Oh, that's just brilliant! Our parents are constantly unloading us with Gladware containers when we visit, so I have a TON of them! Simply brilliant. Thanks for the link. [​IMG]
     
  9. beakkeeper

    beakkeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Glad I (and shelley) could help! I hope to get quail some day... *sigh*
     
  10. luckydux

    luckydux Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm wanting to make a water trough out of 3" pvc with either a 2 liter bottle or preferably a 5gal bucket that will trickle to the pvc as needed. Can someone explain or point me somewhere that explains the physics of how an auto waterer works? I've done a couple of small scale test but the answer still eludes me

    I simply don't understand how even the smallest water bottles works [​IMG]
     
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