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How do you keep water in this waterer?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by drsessum, Oct 21, 2009.

  1. drsessum

    drsessum New Egg

    Oct 21, 2009
    I made the 5 gal bucket waterer and it won't fill past the pan. Do I need to put the top on it?
  2. Chicksdigit

    Chicksdigit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 5, 2009
    Tool, Texas
    If you can get it to seal otherwise the water will just run out except for what is in the pan.
  3. drsessum

    drsessum New Egg

    Oct 21, 2009
    Thanks. I'm just getting started.
  4. Renee'

    Renee' Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 8, 2009
    Yucaipa, CA
    Maybe your holes are too low?
  5. awtandrocks

    awtandrocks Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 2, 2009
    There needs to be a lid on it (preferably with a seal) to create a vapor lock for it to work. Then it will only release more water when the level gets below the openings and lets air in.

    I guess this would have been the the place to ask this question!

    drsessum maybe the pictures in my thread will help.
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2009
  6. Bil

    Bil Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2008
    Cottage Grove, OR
    I made the 5-gallon bucket waterer, and it works great. Here is what I did.

    Took 5 gallon bucket with tight lid. About 2" down from the top I drilled a 1/2" hole in the side. I then purchased a pan that is used to catch oil from the auto parts store. It has about a 2.5" lip, and is very easy to clean. Just make sure the lip is higher than how far you drilled down on your bucket.

    To fill the bucket, I take the lid off and fill up to hole on bucket. I put the lid back on tight, and then turn the bucket upside down in oil pan. It takes it about 5 minutes for the pan to fill, but keeps enough water for my 12 chickens for at least a week but I tend to clean it out every 3-4 days.

    I don't have any pictures but can take some later if you would like.


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