Galvanized waterer leaking?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by RESQME49, Mar 28, 2018.

  1. RESQME49

    RESQME49 Chirping

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    I purchased a 5 gallon galvanized waterer from TSC for $40 and no matter how much I level it out, it over fills the trough and essentially leaks at least half out and remains filled to the VERY top until its all gone. I highly doubt my chickens went through 5 gallons in 3-4 days. I have a 2 gallon water that does not do this. Any remedies? Is this a normal thing for these?
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender

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    Are you turning it to lock it into place after filling? I will also pull up on it to make sure it's turned which kinda vapor locks it.
     
  3. Farmer Connie

    Farmer Connie All My Friends Have Hoofs

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    I have them. They work best suspended from the handle in the air. They have to be exactly level. Or they will drain out in less than an hour.
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender

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    Mine is always at an angle and doesn't empty like that so maybe some are different than other.
     
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  5. blackdog043

    blackdog043 Crowing

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    If it's newer I'd take it back and get a new one. and make a 5 gal horizontal nipple waterer. The galvanized might be defective at the seam and not be able to create the vacuum.
     
  6. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging

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    It depends on having a vacuum seal to hold water; if it's new and leaking, return it.
    The directions say to not carry it by the handle, and the full five gallon waterer handle can't manage the weight without tearing at the weld and leaking. You might be able to salvage it with silicone caulk at the seam (base of the handle), if that's what's wrong.
    I use the two or three gallon galvanized waterers instead, because I can manage them better, and those little handles can manage the weight without leaking.
    Mary
     
  7. RESQME49

    RESQME49 Chirping

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    Sounds like I will take it back to Tractor Supply tomorrow. Dang. What are these nipple waterers?
     
  8. blackdog043

    blackdog043 Crowing

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    Horizontal nipples can be found on Amazon, clean water 24/7. I use gamma lids on my waterers and no waste feeders, they spin on and off for easy access.


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    I made this one for my brooder, my chicks use this when their about 2 - 3 weeks.
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  9. PingoBags

    PingoBags Chirping

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    Horizontal nipples are definitely the way to go. They work great in heated winter waterers or normal buckets or containers like blackdog043 posted images of for summer months.
    Vertical nipples are ok for summer months but they can be messy as they waste more water than horizontal ones.

    I use a single 5 gallon with 4 horizontal nipples. Two nips for my 7 chickens and the other two for 14 quail. Clean water 24/7.
     

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