Does anyone use big bowls for waterers?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Pug Momma, Apr 8, 2009.

  1. Pug Momma

    Pug Momma Out Of The Brooder

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    I have seen people in my neighborhood who use a big iron bowl for a waterer...Can anyone enlighten me on pros and cons of big bowl vs. automatic waterer?
     
  2. chickenbuddy

    chickenbuddy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2008
    I use big bowls, old pull out refridgerator drawers (yes a ghetto chicken owner! jk) The only bad thing about them is that you can't hang them up so chickens might get into them. If they are big enough, chickens might perch on them, getting muck, poop, and dirt into it. Otherwise, they work just fine for me.
     
  3. Buck Creek Chickens

    Buck Creek Chickens Have Incubator, Will Hatch

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    if you talking for chickens, you have to watch for drowning I lost a few free range chicks that way last year, they jump up to get a drink a fell in a couldn't get out.
     
  4. morelcabin

    morelcabin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 8, 2007
    Ontario Canada
    Those old pull out refridgerator drawers are the BEST. I have lost all mine over the years, but never found anything as good to use in comparison. No spills no mess with those heavy things!
     
  5. melissastraka

    melissastraka Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2009
    Hoquiam, WA
    I use large bowls but they always get knocked over so i think the fridge pull outs are a great idea! Now, where to find one.... [​IMG]
     
  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    As long as no chicks are out, I use those rubber hog bowls. The small ones, and just tip them over and brush out to clean. Great for frozen weather, as you can just throw it on the floor and refill!
     
  7. Pug Momma

    Pug Momma Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks everyone! What a nice set of replies to my first real post on here.
    Looking forward to more chatting in the future!
     
  8. ThreeBoysChicks

    ThreeBoysChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2007
    Thurmont, MD
    Quote:Same here. These rubber bowls are awesome. In the winter they freeze during the day and during the night. You turn them over, step in the middle, out pops the ice block and you fill them up again. And because they are black rubber, if the sun is out, they really generated some heat keeping the water from freezing.
     
  9. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Quote:Same here. These rubber bowls are awesome. In the winter they freeze during the day and during the night. You turn them over, step in the middle, out pops the ice block and you fill them up again. And because they are black rubber, if the sun is out, they really generated some heat keeping the water from freezing.

    ditto
     
  10. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    I use rectangular dishpans from the dollar store. I bring them in once a week for a bleach job. As long as they are full of water they don't tip them. I do not use them until all danger of drowning is past, say 16-18 weeks. And for those that young, I don't fill it all the way. I do put it on bricks, so it stays cleaner.
     

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