Plastic or metal?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ORChick, Jan 7, 2008.

  1. ORChick

    ORChick Songster

    May 20, 2007
    Which do you prefer for feeders and waterers? And why? I was doing a bit of "research" at the farm store today, preparing for my new chicks coming in a couple of months, and was wondering what, besides price, are the pros and cons of each type. Thanks for any input.
  2. okiechick57

    okiechick57 Songster

    I prefer metal.....plastic get so brittle in winter and with aging........ I use rubber feeder bowls for water right now.but am aiming to get metal hanging ones soon !
  3. Picco

    Picco Songster

    Mar 14, 2007
    I use metal waterers because I use water heater in the winter and the plastic waterers would melt. The metal corrodes but lasts a few years and is most resistant to breakage. The plastic does not corrode but can be more easily broken. I prefer the plastic because they are easier to clean and they are cheaper. I have metal feeders because thats what my feedstore carries and have had good luck with them.
  4. kstaven

    kstaven Crowing

    Jan 26, 2007
    BC, Washington Border
    Plastic may not last as long as metal but you can use ACV in them where you shouldn't with metal. Plastic waterers will not freeze up as fast as metal ones will. I have frozen the white plastic ones with the red bases several times and they just bulge where metal will tear open under pressure.
  5. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    Always, always, always go with the metal. In the long run it will save you lots of money. The plastic ones get brittle with sunlight and heat exposure and they crack if dropped, etc... We have galvanized feeders and waterers we have been using for 7 years!!
  6. johnnyjack

    johnnyjack Songster

    Oct 21, 2007
    plastic i make my own. outa buckets see my link feeder hanging in the run
  7. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    I use rubber water buckets as frozen water pops out like ice cubes. Easy! Food I make my own hanging metal ones. Cheap!

    Easy and cheap, can't get better than that.
  8. ORChick

    ORChick Songster

    May 20, 2007
    Man, you guys are quick! Thanks so much. My personal preference leans towards metal, but I was thinking that cider vinegar sounds like a good thing, from what I've read, and I know that shouldn't go in the metal. So, metal for the feeder, and still thinking about the waterer, I guess.
  9. nccountrygirl

    nccountrygirl Songster

    Jul 31, 2007
    Sanford N.C.
    Same here, found a link and made my own feeder, stupid simple.
  10. okiechick57

    okiechick57 Songster

    Quote:show me that link girl......simple stupid is what I do best [​IMG]

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