Do I hand the waterer inside the hen house?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Chirpy, May 28, 2007.

  1. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    I've been reading all the info about putting together the best chicken house for the chickens. We are getting really close to having ours finished (It's taken about 12 yrs. and $175 million dollars ... Ok, I'm exaggerating -- it just feels like it.)

    As I'm learning I realize that I'm not sure whether I should hang the waterer (I am going to hang the feeder) or put the waterer up on blocks of some sort. I would rather hang it but wonder if the chickens will make it swing back and forth and thus spill out more water? I don't want their bedding getting wet.

    What should I do?
  2. MayberrySaint

    MayberrySaint Chillin' Out

    Mar 7, 2007
    Mount Airy, NC
    I have mine hanging and they don't make it swing at all. I think either way will be fine.

  3. Critter Crazy

    Critter Crazy Songster

    Apr 19, 2007
    Binghamton, NY
    I have one hanging, and one up on blocks. They use both equally as much. The hanging one does not swing, which was one of my fears when i first hung it up. Even with the ducks going crazy, it dosent move. [​IMG]
  4. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Crowing

    May 8, 2007
    We put ours on a concrete block, so we could use a heated base in the winter.
  5. ChixWstix

    ChixWstix In the Brooder

    Apr 18, 2007
    My chicks just moved into their house and I thought for sure they would make a mess out of a hanging waterer. Nope. It is really great. Love it.
  6. joanna

    joanna In the Brooder

    Mar 9, 2007 do you make a hanging waterer? all the ones I've seen are designed to sit on the ground (or blocks)

    I'd LOVE to hang mine! Please share
  7. ChixWstix

    ChixWstix In the Brooder

    Apr 18, 2007
    I have a 5 gallon metal waterer. To hang it I used the idea from the Oct/Nov 2006 issue of Backyard Poultry. Basically drill a hole in the handle. then put in a finshing nail through that upside down and loop it at the top of the handle. [​IMG] I use a chain to hang it with. The eye of the chain fits perfectly over the looped nail.

    I also have an idea of how to hang a plastic waterer that does not have a handle, but need to try it first. My thought is to use hose clamp to clamp around the top, and loop a wire through it. I've heard about adding apple cider vinegar to the waterer, and to do that you'd need a plastic one.
  8. Whirlwind

    Whirlwind Songster

    Apr 14, 2007
    Tuttle, Oklahoma
    I hang my waterers and they don't make a mess. My dh welded a washer in the middle of the handle and it woks great. I also saw the article in Backyard Poultry mag. Looked like that would work great too.
  9. allen wranch

    allen wranch Crowing

    Jan 11, 2007
    San Marcos, TX
    Having the waterer inside the coop can cause problems if it leaks, spills or turns over and wets the bedding. Wet bedding can create mold which is harmful for the birds to eat. It can also cause chilling in baby chicks.

    I have seen some waterers that sit on top of a grate that allows any spilled water to go inside and not affect the bedding. I personally prefer the waterer outside.

    In colder climates though, the waterer may need to be heated, which can be a problem if outside.

    It depends on your individual situation.
  10. akyramoto

    akyramoto Songster

    Apr 10, 2007
    Northern CA
    i have an auto water bowl thats made for dogs, it's great but i'm devising an idea to keep the hens from standing on it & dipping their feet in the water. I think i might make something out of wire that would hopefully discourage then from standing on it.

    it works great other than that, i dont stress as much about whether they have water or not.

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