Metal or Plastic Feeder/Water What do you recommend?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by RW19290, Oct 19, 2008.

  1. RW19290

    RW19290 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am getting a new feeder for my 6 week old chicks. I am wondering if i should get a metal or plastic one. If i get metal, will the water inside carry a metallic taste? Or would the plastic be not as durable? What brand do you recommend?


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  2. Colored Egg Farmer

    Colored Egg Farmer Chicken overload

    well both have there pros and cons.... they really depend on what type your getting some leak especially some plastic ones. The metal ones can also leak but they also might loose a seal and could possible rust. My favorite type is the one gallon, plastic, screw-on base
     
  3. RW19290

    RW19290 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Can you please give me the pros and cons of each? I'd like to know.
     
  4. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I perfer the metal ones I hang. I had plastic and all eventually developed leaks. I have had my metal ones, (one waterer and one feeder) for over a year no leaks, no rust. They are galvanized. I'm getting another galvanized feeder and waterer for my run which is covered when I put my new birds in with my existing flock. I do have a plastic waterer in my brooder and a galvanized trough feeder for my chicks. I bought mine at my local feed store but Tractor Supply also carries the same ones. I tie wrapped a D-ring to the handle on the waterer to keep it from tipping. I have them hanging on chains with an S-hook so while my birds grew I could raise them, the feeder especially for less wasted feed. I use crumbles. I keep it to just above their back.The feeder has an indent in the center of the handle so it doesn't tip. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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  5. willheveland

    willheveland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I like plastic the best.Washes out good,Can clean with bleach,and can use Apple Cider Vinegar in.I've had some plastic ones 7+ years.

    All waters should be hung unless on a fount heater. Will
     
  6. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    I prefer metal for feed, plastic for water.
     
  7. rebbetzin

    rebbetzin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The metal feeder and waterer I use in the chicken run are over 20 years old now. I dare say a plastic type wouldn't last that long.

    My chick feeder is metal, and the waterer is plastic they both screw on a canning jar. The only thing I don't like about the waterer is it syphons whatever dirt or straw gets in the resevoir up into the canning jar. I have to change the water several times a day.
     
  8. jmeeter88

    jmeeter88 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I prefer plastic for both feeder and waterer. I don't really have a reason. It's probably a generational thing, I'm only 19 and am used to everything being plastic...
     
  9. RW19290

    RW19290 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks for telling me plastic leaks! I was about to buy one...


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  10. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    Quote:My plastic waterers didn't look like yours. I like it and would consider trying plastic again if I could get one like yours. Where did you get it?
     

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