Double walled galvanized waterer

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by abejita, Jul 15, 2011.

  1. abejita

    abejita Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a 2 gallon galvanized waterer similar to this one . I am having trouble with it staying filled. I go check on my girls a couple times a day, and I notice that the water in the dish area of the waterer is low. I have to go twist it around, break the vacuum, pick up the top and replace it to get the dish to refill with water. Is there any trick to getting this thing to refill on its own? I went out there today and made sure that the cinder block that it is resting on is level. It was a little off, so I leveled it, but still seem to be having the same problem.

    Thanks!
     
  2. ngamtnman

    ngamtnman Out Of The Brooder

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    I've used one similar to that one and it was junk imho. I could never get it to do right and keep the pan filled. The only ones I could ever get to do right are the plastic hanging waters.
     
  3. Peruvian

    Peruvian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have you considered hanging it? I used a 5 gallon galvanized waterer and hung it for 4 years in my broiler tractor. Never had a problem, other than lugging buckets of water out to it.
     
  4. abejita

    abejita Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How did you hang it? It says not to hold it from the handle on the top when it is full.
     
  5. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    You can't hang them.
     
  6. abejita

    abejita Chillin' With My Peeps

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    didn't think you could.

    I can't sleep, but I think that I figured out what the problem is. The little gasket that covers the hole when the top is removed is loose. I bet when I put the top on, the water pushes it up against the hole again. I'll mess around with it tomorrow and see if that is actually the cause.
     
  7. BellevueOmlet

    BellevueOmlet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I never had good luck with those type of waterers. You might want to switch to waterer nipples or my favorite: waterer cups - that connect to an external 5 gallon bucket and make the whole process a lot easier.
     
  8. 1320

    1320 Out Of The Brooder

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    I've experienced the same with these type waterers. I hung mine, problem solved, well...almost. The handle on mine wasn't designed for hanging so I had to put some wooden blocks under it so that when one of my flock hit it hard enough to make it tip or slide to one side, the blocks "caught" it. The blocks came in handy for resting the base when I released the hook, dual purpose....

    Even though I've never tried this, a neighbor claims to have fixed his by cracking a small opening in the seal at the top of the waterer. The seal is silicone and holds the lid to the outside wall. He used a small regular screwdriver and wedged it between the seal and gently lifted up to open up a very small vent. It was full of water when he did this and as soon as the seal was broken, it released the water. I haven't seen it since so I can't honestly say if it's still working. It would be an easy repair if it didn't work.
     
  9. the-bird-man

    the-bird-man Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have mine hanging and it works well. it says not to but i know a lot of people do so i figured it will be okay and so far it is. mine is a 3 gallon one [​IMG]
     
  10. Auscal

    Auscal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have the actual brand/model in the link posted by the OP. I find it works really well. As first I found it difficult to remove the "Top" (breaking the vacuum seal), then I read the instructions (that always helps) to tip out the water in the lower reservoir first - it makes it much easier to break the vacuum seal.

    I also have a "matching" feeder - same brand. I had a very minor problem with the feeder (turned out I hadn't received the little metal stoppers that should clip onto the metal rods that support the feed pan, which meant the bottom feed pan had a tendency to partly fall off). The point of my rambling is i called the company, and found their customer service extremely helpful. I would suggest if you are having a problem, and it is this brand, call them to discuss it.
     

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