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is there a better waterer out there?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by maurerwerks, Jul 29, 2010.

  1. maurerwerks

    maurerwerks Songster

    Jun 29, 2009
    I got one of those galvanized double-walled waterers, thinking that, come fall, I would get the metal heater bottom for it. We live in NH and below zero temps in the winter make heated waterers a necessity. We have plastic electrically heated buckets for our goats and those work great. This blankety galvanized waterer is a pain in the butt (chicken butt!) I have to check it at least 2-3 times a day to make sure that the water is actually being let into the little tray. Here's my question... Is there some way to adjust this thing so I don't have to buy a whole new thing. If not, I saw a plastic waterer online at Stromberg's that looked good and it has a separate heated base that is available also. Sure is mighty expensive though. The one that is an all-in-one plug in model someone said is a pain to fill especially in the winter. What to do?
  2. shopchicks

    shopchicks Songster

    Sep 4, 2009
    Boise, Idaho
    Do you have a place you can hang a bucket? I purchased poultry nipples for about $1 apiece and screwed two of them into the bottom of a 5- gallon bucket. It works great and the chickens took to it right away. Total outlay for the whole thing was only about $6 and it lasts 2-3 weeks between fillings for 6 hens.

  3. helloroe

    helloroe Songster

    Jul 16, 2009
    Cetral FL
    How are you keeping algae out of the bucket for 2-3 weeks? Do you notice a slowing of drinking when the water gets warm from the sun?
  4. 2DogsFarm

    2DogsFarm Songster

    Apr 10, 2009
    NW Indiana
    For the number of hens you have I think you could use what I have for my 5:
    Heated plastic waterbowl - meant for dogs.
    It holds a gallon & I got mine on sale at Menard's for $12.

    It kept the water unfrozen dependably all last Winter (& we had some sub-zero freezes) and is easy to maintain. Even with my girls locked in their coop all day it never got more than 1/2 empty.
    The heating element is in the bottom and the cord has a metal coil around it so it can't get pecked.
    I just elevated mine on some bricks & it worked out fine.
  5. le neige homme

    le neige homme Chirping

    Jul 15, 2010
    Quote:I certainly hope it's cleaned and refilled much, much more often than that in actual practice. [​IMG]
  6. Kansaseq

    Kansaseq Prairie Wolf Farm Asylum

    Feb 12, 2009
    NE Kansas
    I use buckets. In really cold weather, I put them inside the house near the heat lamp, which mostly keeps them from freezing. For the duck water that stays outside, I use a thicker horse bucket, that I can smash the ice out of, without breaking the bucket itself. I would think a heated bucket for dogs would work just fine, though. Walmart has them.
  7. viktoriacl

    viktoriacl Songster

    Jun 23, 2010
    I bought that stupid galvanized piecevof junk too! UGH So frustrating. Mine leaks if not perfectly plum! Really! Search for home made waterers. Very talented people on this site!
  8. shopchicks

    shopchicks Songster

    Sep 4, 2009
    Boise, Idaho
    Quote:I put ACV in the water and have no mold/slime problems. It is necessary to use a totally opaque bucket for this reason. I haven't noticed any drinking issues with the hens - the water would be just as warm in any other vessel since I'm not home during the day to tend to it. And no, I don't change it more frequently - I checked it frequently at first and with a tightly fitted lid, and thorough cleaning between fillings, the water stays fresh.
  9. Bedste

    Bedste Songster

    Aug 17, 2009
    Cut n Shoot Texas
    wow..... great idea.... where do you get poultry nipples? did you buy the bucket or is it leftover from paint? do they sell the bucket with the lid at lowes?
  10. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    I use 8qt Fortiflex buckets to water everything on this place (dogs, cats, chickens, wild birds....)

    When I started free ranging I noticed that the birds all went to drink out of the dog's buckets. Since they are sooooo easy to fill, I 86'd the "chicken waterers" and buy an extra bucket everytime TSC has them on sale (got my last one for $2.99 coz they were clearancing the "spring" colors!) Can never have too many buckets it seems. I use them for everything under the sun!


    They work for chicks 8+ weeks old, before that I have to suffer through messy shallower dishes [​IMG]

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