Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by honeybeemissi, Apr 27, 2016.

  1. honeybeemissi

    honeybeemissi In the Brooder

    Apr 3, 2016
    My Coop
    I have 3 chickens and we are getting ready to transition them to the coop. What size feeder/ waterer is right for 3 chickens?

  2. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    Welcome! Anything will do, but some are easier to manage than others. The traditional galvanized metal waterers come in a 2 gal. size that's easy to carry and rinse out. Plastic waterers get lots of algae growth inside that's more of a pain to manage. A dog water dish can work for mature birds, but chicks can drown or chill in the dish. I've never used the nipple water systems. A bigger feeder will need to be filled less often, and hanging it with a lid keeps it cleaner. Mary
  3. flyin-lowe

    flyin-lowe Chirping

    Jan 24, 2016
    I am a newbie can give you my experience. The day I picked up my pullets I stopped by rural king and got one of there cheaper plastic feeders and waterers. After about a week I ended up building one of the five gallon bucket feeders with the 90 degree PVC elbows. The amount of food I was going through was almost cut in half as there is little to no waste. I also got a 5 gallon water jug and added 2 of the horizontal nipple waterers. I am glad I did both, cost was minimal and it saves me from having to refill every day.
  4. ClearSkye

    ClearSkye In the Brooder

    Mar 29, 2016
    Chesapeake VA
    My Coop
    I'm in the same spot finishing my coop/run as soon as the rainy weather allows with my 4 girls in the garage.

    I made my horizontal waterer the first day cause poop in the water was an immediate no go for me. I had researched what seemed to work for people and had ordered the nipples on eBay before I got the girls.

    This morning I am gonna make the pvc pipe bucket feeder just as soon as I finish my coffee and find a bucket size that will work in the large dog crate we have them in now, and the bigger coop as soon as we move them.

    hope this input helps you :)

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