save money and use a bucket?

store bought feeders and waterers?

  • yay

    Votes: 3 60.0%
  • nay

    Votes: 2 40.0%
  • ehh?

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    5

winteree

Songster
5 Years
Apr 5, 2014
1,759
59
158
We wear cowboy hats here guess where?
so looking at the prices of the larger feeders and waters i was thinking about doing what grandma does and just use a small bucket for the water it comes to about 8 inches tall and i'll be changeing it out dayly anyway so why pay all that money for something i allready have? Plus for the price of a trof feeder like i wanted to buy online i can make the **** thing for 8 bucks verus the 54 they want online. What do yall think? is there a real reason why these overpriced feeders and waterers are used at all?
 

Clucky12

In the Brooder
5 Years
Apr 11, 2014
66
0
39
Germany
Well, I use quite large feeders and waterers, it means I don't have to feed them manually three times a day! It lasts them about a week, much less maintenance needed! Apart from all the love and cuddles of course!
 

bugflipper

Songster
9 Years
Apr 9, 2010
228
20
113
I don't change water daily, actually I don't change it at all. Just gets filled up and they do the changing I suppose. The purpose of fresh water daily is to prevent contamination from whatever nastiness they may have been pecking on, walking in or for them pooping in the water. If you use a sealed bucket and watering nipples then you remove the contaminants. I sterilize the nipples once a week and add water with Apple cider vinegar when needed.

For feeders again just buckets with a small hole drilled on the side in the bottom. The bottom of a drink bottle is chopped off then cut in half and attached to create a tiny cup to hold the feed. The bucket is hung up where they have to reach for it to deter rats from getting to the feed.
Have a nice day.
 

pawtraitart

Songster
12 Years
May 30, 2007
1,726
257
241
Idaho
so looking at the prices of the larger feeders and waters i was thinking about doing what grandma does and just use a small bucket for the water it comes to about 8 inches tall and i'll be changeing it out dayly anyway so why pay all that money for something i allready have? Plus for the price of a trof feeder like i wanted to buy online i can make the **** thing for 8 bucks verus the 54 they want online. What do yall think? is there a real reason why these overpriced feeders and waterers are used at all?
If you don't mind changing out their bucket everyday then go with that. It's too much of a health/time issue for me to do that given how many birds I have but if I only had a few it would be no big deal. At the very least I'd put some horizontal nipples in a bucket I had on hand, though. Less mess and worry about bacteria. You can get a couple nipples at http://allboutchickens.com and use the bucket you already have if it has a lid. The lid has to have a pin hole in it.
 

winteree

Songster
5 Years
Apr 5, 2014
1,759
59
158
We wear cowboy hats here guess where?
If you don't mind changing out their bucket everyday then go with that. It's too much of a health/time issue for me to do that given how many birds I have but if I only had a few it would be no big deal. At the very least I'd put some horizontal nipples in a bucket I had on hand, though. Less mess and worry about bacteria. You can get a couple nipples at http://allboutchickens.com and use the bucket you already have if it has a lid. The lid has to have a pin hole in it.
I don't like the nipple system if i had stornger suports thats one thing but i don't know if thats a good idea i saw a bird get crushed by a falling water bucket with that design
 

winteree

Songster
5 Years
Apr 5, 2014
1,759
59
158
We wear cowboy hats here guess where?

winteree

Songster
5 Years
Apr 5, 2014
1,759
59
158
We wear cowboy hats here guess where?
I don't change water daily, actually I don't change it at all. Just gets filled up and they do the changing I suppose. The purpose of fresh water daily is to prevent contamination from whatever nastiness they may have been pecking on, walking in or for them pooping in the water. If you use a sealed bucket and watering nipples then you remove the contaminants. I sterilize the nipples once a week and add water with Apple cider vinegar when needed.

For feeders again just buckets with a small hole drilled on the side in the bottom. The bottom of a drink bottle is chopped off then cut in half and attached to create a tiny cup to hold the feed. The bucket is hung up where they have to reach for it to deter rats from getting to the feed.
Have a nice day.
i don't like the nipple design what if one of them clogs and i saw a chick get chrushed by falling bucket nipple design
 
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