Using a slow down feeder as a duck waterer

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Nu Chix To Cash, Nov 15, 2011.

  1. Nu Chix To Cash

    Nu Chix To Cash Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2010
    Central Iowa
    Has anyone tried this? I tried to do a search but couldn't find anything.

    I've been looking at the Horseman's Pride Slow Feeder Lid thinking it might work as a waterer for my ducks and geese. The ducks would still be able to get their heads in the water but wouldn't be able to get their bodies in it. I think the water that comes off their beak would hit the lip and roll back into the bucket. Any thoughts?

  2. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 14, 2011
    Central Oregon
    I think it is worth trying. Just be certain that they can't get their bodies in and then not be able to get back out.

    I've got some of my duck water in 2 gallon food grade buckets, the straight-sided white ones. The ducks can get their heads and necks in and not get their fat bodies in. They still splash a lot of water out and get several inches of mud into the bottom of the bucket every day. So far they haven't figured out how to tip the bucket over.

    To control water mess in the night runs, I've got vacuum waters over a drainage pit that is topped with rabbit wire. The ducks can safely walk on it and the water they splash out goes down into the pit and doesn't make mud.
  3. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 31, 2009
    Somerville, AL
    It will depend on their size too. I have been amazed at what my ducks will get themselves in so they can splash around. Nothing funnier than watching a duck try to jump into a high bucket so they can bathe alone. [​IMG]
  4. Nu Chix To Cash

    Nu Chix To Cash Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2010
    Central Iowa
    I know what you guys mean. My IR female will crawl into a 2 gallon bucket easily. I know these come in different sizes. I don't seem to have the issue w/them trying to swim in their water in the coop as much as buckets that are outside. During the summer I don't feed/water in my coop but I'm going to have to this winter. I plan to make a "pit" out of a concrete mixing tub (I have concrete floors so I can't dig one) but thought this might help even more. Mine seem to "dribble" more onto the ground then anything else.

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