Help me decide on a waterer!!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by bigspringshatchery, Feb 23, 2011.

  1. bigspringshatchery

    bigspringshatchery Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Right now I'm using 1 gallon plastic waterers. I'm wanting to get a 3 gal or 5 gal one. I will need about 3. All my birds are large fowl and will be no more than 10 in a pen full grown but more as babies. I have 3 choices and just don't know. I found a 3.5 gallon at ts for 17 something.you unscrew it from the bottom just like my 1 gallon. Then they have a 3 gallon that you can fill from the top for 27 and a 5 gallon for 33. Not 100% on prices. My parents take care of my birds when I go out of town every other weekend ad they like the little giants better so they could just fill from top. But I like the cheaper ones. Lol. So I guess I'm going to spend more but would you get a 3 gallon or 5?
     
  2. WhiteMountainsRanch

    WhiteMountainsRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Always go bigger if you can afford it. Less work later down the road changing/ filling all the time, and if it gets overly hot they have a better chance of not running out of water.
     
  3. bigspringshatchery

    bigspringshatchery Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was thinking the 5 but was worried about the water getting hot in the summer
     
  4. WhiteMountainsRanch

    WhiteMountainsRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The larger one will not get as hot in the summer. Plus it should be kept in shade. [​IMG]
     
  5. bigspringshatchery

    bigspringshatchery Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:It will be in shade. Thanks for your help and quick replies. Headed to ts now to buy them.
     
  6. Gypsy07

    Gypsy07 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If your parents are good enough to look after your birds every other weekend it would be a nice gesture to get the waterers that they would find easiest to use. Personally I prefer the top-fill ones too, cause the ones you have to fill up then turn over, I always end up splashing myself. I'd also agree with going for the biggest waterers you can get.
     
  7. bigspringshatchery

    bigspringshatchery Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yea thats what I was thinking. They take care of over 70 birds so I know it would help them a lot.
     
  8. BarefootMom

    BarefootMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you want to save on money I would go for the kind that fits on a 5 gallon bucket. Like this:

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    I haven't used this one in awhile (hence it being dry and dirty) but it does work really well. I use a kiddie swimming pool now for water. I mostly use it in the summer because it is easy move into the shade. The base will fit either a 3 or a 5 gallon bucket.
     

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