Heater chicken waters

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by parlor93, Dec 28, 2015.

  1. parlor93

    parlor93 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 31, 2015
    I have 2 of the red and white heated chicken waters. I have been wondering if the water would still work if I put a round hole in the top and put a plug in it. I have an awful hard time putting the bottom back on. What do you think
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    If it will hold a vacuum it will work. If it won't hold a vacuum it won't hold water either.
  3. dheltzel

    dheltzel Overrun With Chickens

    Nov 30, 2013
    Pottstown, PA
    You will have a tough time filling them from the top then too because it will run out the bottom as fast as you pour it into the top. The vaccuam created by the sealed top is essential to keeping the water in.

    To show this, take a disposable cup and fill it with water, put an inverted bowl over the cup and flip the whole thing over. Notice that it hold the water in the cup. Now try putting a whole in the bottom of the cup and try to fill the inverted cup from that hole in the bottom.
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  4. parlor93

    parlor93 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 31, 2015
    I thought so
  5. WVduckchick

    WVduckchick For The Birds! Premium Member

    Feb 9, 2015
    West Virginia
    My Coop
    Mine has a rubber plug in the base that can be used for filling also. Maybe yours does too? I just find it easier to take the base on and off.
    Also, if you sit it on the ground upside down, after filling, then hold with your feet, its easier to twist the base back on.
  6. Folly's place

    Folly's place True BYC Addict

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    I have one too, and hate it! It's in the barn as emergency backup, not being used at all this winter. I went back to the metal heater bases with metal waterers on top. Much easier to use! Mary

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