Waterer broke just in time for massive winter storm. YAY

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by JennsPeeps, Dec 12, 2008.

  1. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    ARG! The handle on our galvanized waterer broke off at the solder points and all the water had drained out. Poor girls. I check their water every couple of days. Thank goodness for rain, right?

    We are going to take it back tomorrow to where we bought it last summer. What an irritation!
  2. sunbury chick

    sunbury chick Songster

    May 14, 2008
    My 5 gal waterer did the same thing. My husband screwed on a new handle.It just pours water out of the side.Won't stay filled up.How bout yours? They are expensive to be such pieces of junk....
  3. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    You can take a 5 gal bucket (or any size really) and put a couple of holes close to the top then fill it up with water, put a pan, like a kitty litter pan on top and turn it over. The water will leak out the holes into the pan and stop when it reaches the top of the holes. This worked great for me when I had to leave for a week with noone to care for my birds.
  4. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Songster

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
    Can't be as bad as the water pipe freezing and snapping right off when you went to turn it. I have to come inside to get the chickens water now. FUN. At least they get hot water in the morning and it lasts for a few hours.
  5. Balfour Girl

    Balfour Girl Songster

    Aug 26, 2008
    Balfour BC Canada
    I carry an ice cream pail of water down to my coop twice a day (when it's freezing like this). We have a pond heater that keeps the water from freezing over, but I haven't figured out how to incorporate that yet.
  6. zachslc

    zachslc In the Brooder

    Oct 19, 2008
    Salt Lake City
    When I saw this I thought it said "water broke" and I was wondering why the poster was posting on a board about chickens intead of going to the hospital.
  7. TurtleChick

    TurtleChick Songster

    Oct 3, 2007
    Tacoma, WA
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    hi jenn! i use the 3gallon plastic "little giant" (i think...) waterer in their run, and a 3qt. black rubber bowl inside their house (i have no idea if they ever drink from it or just use it as a shavings depository, but it makes me feel better to know it's in there in case for some reason i couldn't get out to let them outta jail).

    Last edited: Dec 13, 2008
  8. ILoveJoe

    ILoveJoe Songster

    Jun 28, 2008
    Northern Kentucky
    I have 2 of those waterers, in summer they are both in use. Now that it is cold I keep one in the coop and one in the house and if the one in the coop freezes I take it in the house to thaw and refill the other.

    I tried a red light over the waterer but it froze anyway, so I turned the lamp toward the girls.
  9. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Crowing

    May 8, 2007
    Do you mean that you've both been carrying it by the outside handle, instead of the inside handle? I was always taught that you should carry it by the sturdy inside handle and put the outer covering on after you put it down.
  10. 1acrefarm

    1acrefarm Songster

    Nov 3, 2007
    I tried those junk waterers once. I paid 30 bucks for it and it did not last a year. I now use a five gallon plastic bucket. My chickens seem perfectly happy with the cheap bucket.

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