Water spills

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by 8egglayers, Jan 5, 2014.

  1. 8egglayers

    8egglayers Out Of The Brooder

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    So we bought a heated waterer for our chickens....it's just a standard plastic one. It's hanging from the ceiling of the chicken coop. The problem is, that when the chickens bump it it ALWAYS spills all over the floor it is a huge problem b/c then it freezes. I'm afraid the dampness will also effect the chickens health.
    Any suggestions on improving our water system? Is there anything I can do?
    Thank you!
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    Don’t hang it. Set it on something flat and support it so they can’t knock it over. Here are some ideas.

    This is in my brooder. I fashioned wires to fit around it and hung them from the top so they can’t know it over. I put in screws around the base so they can’t knock it around.

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    Here I took a sheet of plywood and cut a hole so the waterer can fit in. Then I raised it a bit so the waterer can fit down inside it. They can’t knock it over. They can stand on the edge and poop in it though. You can’t see it but I hung a pyramid-shaped piece of plywood over it so they can’t perch on it. A milk jug filled with sand or dirt would work just as well.

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    If you raise it above the floor or ground, they are not as likely to scratch trash in it.
     
  3. Melinda48

    Melinda48 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Get an covered bucket-build a stand and get some chicken nipples!We use an immersion heater in our buckets works well. The nipples did freeze when it hit -10 but then we just gave them water in a bowl till the nipples thawed.
     
  4. chiknhurder

    chiknhurder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bought a heated waterer too and had the same problems. The first time I filled it, the bottom fell off it when I turned it over to hang it up, drenching my feet and legs. I refilled it a second time and even being more careful, it happened a second time. I took it back and bought a large Rubbermaid feed pan. Now I just empty it at night and refill it in the morning. If I forget to empty it and it freezes, I just turn it over and stomp on it and the ice comes right out. I just ordered and received 25 poultry nipples so I can make some of the bucket waterers.
     
  5. Melinda48

    Melinda48 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You won't be sorry. Do watch the temp however. If it gets really cold, supplement with pans of water. Our chicken nipples froze when the temp dipped below-10. We just put out pans and changed them regularly for a couple of days. No problems!
     
  6. chiknhurder

    chiknhurder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How often is regularly for you, Melinda? Is it really necessary to change them out daily? I have a 2 gallon pan that my 5 pullets are drinking from. Do they need it changed daily?
     
  7. realsis

    realsis Crazy for Silkies

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    I always clean and change out my waters DAILY. Certain alage is deadly to chickens and I'm always cautious of that. I notice even in a day when I clean it out its starting to get a skum on it. Fresh water is very important for them.
     
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  8. chiknhurder

    chiknhurder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've been changing water daily but I think back to my grandma that had metal tubs sunk in the ground and they never got changed and her chickens were never sick that I can remember. It didn't really get changed. It just got topped off as needed.
     
  9. Melinda48

    Melinda48 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We changed the water once a day for three hole ayes.mIt was no big deal. Normally, we fill the container about 2/3full and replace water when it gets down to about 1/4. The immersive heater isnanGod-send!
     
  10. Melinda48

    Melinda48 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We only had to change them out for 2-3 days - not a burden really. The orange bucket in the stand works perfectly 99% of the time. The electrical cord is for the immersion heater.


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