For those with 3 gallon waterer- Help!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by shakecc, Jul 19, 2008.

  1. shakecc

    shakecc In the Brooder

    May 26, 2008
    Central OH
    We just put our 5 week old chicks in their newly constructed coop. I bought one of the 3 gallon waterer that uses the vaccuum to self water. It does not appear to be working and continues to run over. I tightened the lid and it appeared to stop flowing, but within a minutes it slowly began to overflow again. There is a rubber ring on the threads...could be this be in the wrong place? Should it be at the bottom the treads? I am trying to figure out if this is operator error or problem with the waterer.

  2. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    Let me run out and look at my waterer.
  3. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    The rubber seal should be at the lip of the waterer, above the threads. Make sure it's tight and make sure that the lip and the ring aren't damaged.
  4. MaransGuy

    MaransGuy Songster

    Oct 25, 2007
    Greenfield, MA
    Be sure that the cap is threaded on properly. If it is cross threaded it may feel ok but it will not seal and you will get that leak. I had someone do that to my 5 gallon waterer while watching my birds and it flooded the floor of my coop!

  5. I had the same problem and one of the men at the hardware store said to grease the o-ring liberally with vaseline. Worked like a charm! I keep a tube in the barn now.

    These waterers are not very good in cold weather, though, even with the vaseline. I switched to 1-gallon fountains without 0-rings and I let the feral cats use the original one.
  6. Frogdogtimestwo

    Frogdogtimestwo Songster

    May 21, 2008
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2008
  7. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Make sure you are sitting it level too.
  8. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

    Jan 18, 2008
    Newman Lake, WA
    Little rubber thingy on the lip


    little cap on tight

    don't over tighten the top

    listen for a sucking noise as this indicates too much air and there is going to be a problem......

    After I place the water for the chickens I either wait til the bottom fills or fill it up with a cup and see if it continues to flow or if it levels out before assuming I have done everything correctly as I have flooded my pen too many times.[​IMG]
  9. Curlita

    Curlita Songster

    May 22, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    Is it a Little Giant? I am having the same trouble! I will have to inspect it, because I don't think mine has an o-ring. It was behaving for the first couple weeks I had it. I'm hoping it was operator error and using the info in this thread I can overcome the problem. It seems to be a slow leak in the case of mine.
  10. lovemychicks9

    lovemychicks9 Songster

    Apr 29, 2008
    South Carolina
    I made it much simpler on myself and threw mine across the barnyard and went to TSC and got a plain old 3 gallon screw on bottom one just like the 1 gallon only bigger and it is sooo much simpler and no rubber o ring to mess up and no leaking either.
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2008

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