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Little Giant 7 gallon waterer... Is it top-filling? Do you own one??

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Silkie Man, Dec 1, 2009.

  1. Silkie Man

    Silkie Man Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello all,
    I'm wondering about the Little Giant 7 gallon plastic waterers. I'm looking at getting one soon for my flock, but I'd like to know if it is top filling. The only info I found was from fleming outdoors or something and they only state that it has a vacuum sealed top. (Well, duh what one isn't going to.) Anyway, do you know if these are top filling as in the black cap unscrews and you don't have to turn it upside down, sideways, etc, to fill? I'm guessing that the 3 and 5 gal sizes are similar. I'm looking to make watering easier for myself and anyone who tends to my flock while I am away. Other recommendations will be greatly appreciated in the field of 5 gal+ size waterers!
     
  2. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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  3. Silkie Man

    Silkie Man Out Of The Brooder

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    so that means you can unscrew the top and fill it without having it flow right out the bottom? Is there some sort of valve assembly or.... ?
     
  4. Buck Creek Chickens

    Buck Creek Chickens Have Incubator, Will Hatch

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    the 7's are very heavy when full, if you need to lift it, also you will need to place it up on a stand get it off the floor, or your hens will kick alot of 'crap' in it.
     
  5. Buck Creek Chickens

    Buck Creek Chickens Have Incubator, Will Hatch

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    Quote:there is a small cap you screw on when you fill, very easy to fill, i've got 3 - 5's and 4 - 3's the best waters I've got
     
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  6. Silkie Man

    Silkie Man Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay the pics make sense now. I might recall seeing some that are like that, but it's been too long to rest my mind on it. Thanks a lot for the info though! [​IMG]
     
  7. Mine is setting out on the cow grain. I hate the thing. The bottom comes off and it CONSTANTLY needs to be cleaned. Without the bottom there is no where for the water to go except to the floor.

    The top is extremely hard to take off and you have to use the little cap to stop the flow of water from the port at the bottom of the thing.

    It it HEAVY to move about and the chickens get so much crap into the bottom that it becomes unusable.

    The ONLY time I use it is WORMING time, Twice a year, that is ALL I can tolerate the stupid thing.
     
  8. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    Quote:I use a dab of any kind of grease to lube the rubber seal, it makes it very easy to unscrew and still seals perfectly. I tossed out that worthless red tray when I got mine and replaced it with a galvanized feed pan and just set the waterer into it, works like a dream. The 7 gal waterers can be very heavy heck the 5's are heavy too LOL. Best waterers I have.

    AL
     
  9. CityChicker

    CityChicker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use them and like them a lot (have mostly the 5 gallons). They are not perfect, but they are pretty good as far as waterers go. The main issue for me is the weight issue. I just do not have the strength to lift them. If that is not an issue for you or if you can plan around that somehow, they are great.
     
  10. Bear Foot Farm

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    The top is extremely hard to take off and you have to use the little cap to stop the flow of water from the port at the bottom of the thing.

    It it HEAVY to move about and the chickens get so much crap into the bottom that it becomes unusable.

    Lubricate the "O" ring and the top will come off and go back on easily

    Instead of moving it, run a hose to where you want it to be and fill it there instead of carrying the 40 lbs

    If the chickens are getting dirt in it, raise it to their shoulder level by putting it up on blocks​
     

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