small scale watering option for inside the henhouse? MESS

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by greenguys, May 18, 2009.

  1. greenguys

    greenguys Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 10, 2009
    okay, its their first day in their house and the girls have slung their water everywhere. We're trying to keep them JUST in the house until Wed so they know it as their home and where they are supposed to sleep.

    The waterer we have is the standard one you can at TSC. I think it's a gallon, red bottom, white plastic top. In the next few days, it will go into the run.

    QUESTION: what can be used INSIDE the henhouse for a small-scale, no mess option for water? (remember, in our case, I only have 4 girls in a small house.) Will chickens actually drink out of those water bottles that hang?....the kind you see for pet mice and such that attach to a cage wall with the little metal tube? Or are there other options? The ones that come with the pricey Omelt products look less messy.

    The one we have, the one time I did try to suspend it from a chain, they got up on the edge of it, causing it to tip to one side and spill.

    HELP....small house that I don't want the entire floor ruined in during the first month.

    thanks in advance,
  2. mom2chicksandpups

    mom2chicksandpups Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2009
    Southeast Alabama
    We have one of those small metal bases with a mason jar screwed on the top in the chicken house for an "extra" waterer. It doesn't make a mess as long as the girls don't knock it over.
  3. greenguys

    greenguys Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 10, 2009
  4. smokeater413

    smokeater413 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2009
    NW Florida
    Did you have it on the floor or hanging? We hung ours as high as the smallest hens back and we have no problems like that.
  5. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    You need to hang the waterer high enough that the chickens need to reach up to get the water. Not high enough that they stand on their tippy toes, but almost that high. They will put their beaks in the water, tip their heads up and swallow. Very little mess can be expected when the waterer is properly hung.
  6. greenguys

    greenguys Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 10, 2009
    as high as their back? okay, will try it. And they don't try to jump up on it?

    guess I'll have to let them into the run so I can clean up their mess....

  7. lux_interior

    lux_interior Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2009
    yeah I think hanging is the best option, or at least elevating it. My waterer is inside their coop for now too, because they still stay in all night. I have it set on top of some stacked 9'' x 9'' concrete blacks, and its high enough that it doesnt make a mess, and low enough that they can reach it. So try putting something underneath it if you can't hang it yet! [​IMG]

    you can see it here [​IMG]
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  8. greenguys

    greenguys Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 10, 2009
    well, it's been about 3 hours. suspended from a chain about the height of their backs and so far, no spillage....just drinking.

    thanks so much. Height of their backs....that was good information to know.

  9. TheNewMrsEvans

    TheNewMrsEvans Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 15, 2008
    Big Sur, CA
  10. AtRendeAcres

    AtRendeAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2007
    Clarion County
    I like that TheNewMrsEvans thanks for posting!

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