Help with Waterers

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by remist17, Aug 5, 2014.

  1. remist17

    remist17 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2011
    I am trying to locate replacement waterers. I had in my flock the plastic 3 gallon with the black lid and red bottom from tractor supply co(Farm-Tuff Top Fill Poultry Waterer). I have had the worst luck with these new ones. I have gone through three so far and they do not seal right. They just keep leaking. So I need some help. I am looking for either metal or plastic large enough for 10 hens. Please advise what type works for you. I am not looking for nipples just stand waterers.

    Last edited: Aug 5, 2014
  2. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 27, 2014
    Central Oregon
    I'm curious as to why you don't want the nipple waterers????? [​IMG] I use a plastic bucket with the horizontal water thing I ever did! Don't have to clean up filthy waterers and refill every day! Here's a few pics to give you a better idea:



    You can get them online and they are inexpensive. You drill a 3/8" hole in your bucket about 1-1/2 - 2" up from the bottom and screw them in. They are self-tappers and they don't leak! Just make sure you screw them in straight. Also, make sure you only "snap" your lid down in 1-2 clicks...there has to be air or they won't release the water.

    NOTE: Buy the horizontal nipples like shown, not the vertical ones...why? Because they tend to leak some.

    I have a small flock of 4 ladies and I use a 2-1/2 gallon bucket (but you'd want to use a 5 gallon one I'm sure) and I only clean and replace water about every 4-5 days even in this heat! Another thing...I, too, live in snow country and I'll be using a small low-watt 250 stock tank heater so the water doesn't of both worlds!

    Best of luck to you!!
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  3. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

    Feb 25, 2014
    Northwestern Wyoming
    My Coop
    I agree completely with iwiw60! Best move I ever made was going with horizontal nipple waterers. They don't leak, water stays clean, and they are not that expensive. I bought a package of 10 and I've got 5 of them screwed into the lower side of a 5 gallon bucket from Lowes with 5 in reserve. We drilled a small "tap hole" in the lid of the bucket. No issues whatsoever.

    I started out with the vertical nipples in a smaller bucket but those do leak when the chickens drink. I put it away, planning to use it for chicks, but after a near disaster when we left town for over a week and the 5 gal was close to dry (each daughter thought the other was filling it) I put the little one back in the coop. That way if the main waterer ever goes dry again (and after last time I doubt that will ever happen again) they have an alternate source. My husband is very active in a fraternity and we travel a lot for that, so the peace of mind when we leave town is well worth it. Most of our trips are for 2 or 3 days, so I can fill it the morning we leave and they do fine. The girls learned their lesson and check it regularly now, and haven't had to do much but top it off with a little cold, fresh water by the 3rd day.
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  4. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

    May 24, 2011
    On, Canada
  5. azahn

    azahn Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 14, 2012
    Northeast Texas
    I use a 5 gallon galvanized waterer - double wall gravity. I have 20 bantams and this will usually last three days. To help keep it clean I raised it about 2" off thethe ground on top of some scrap boards. I like the simplicity. Just fill and go.
  6. Lewjay

    Lewjay Out Of The Brooder

    I'm using one of those Farm Tuff waterer and hate it. Had two of them a guy sold me for $5. Threw one against the wall and broke it cause it leaked so bad. Right now I'm having to use the other one and fill it often. Gonna get some of those horizontal nipples and make me a waterer like shown.
  7. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 27, 2014
    Central Oregon
    You'll never regret it one minute!! I sure love mine!
  8. Jessyeanne

    Jessyeanne New Egg

    Jul 23, 2014

    We also use the nipples and have a hose out the side of the coop. Love them. No mess!

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