Waterer keeps leaking! Aaarrrrggghhh

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by LiLRedCV, Dec 1, 2011.

  1. LiLRedCV

    LiLRedCV Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 25, 2010
    Land of the Rain
    I just bought the Little Giant 7 gallon plastic waterer for my coop. They're not exactly cheap, but I needed something a bit bigger for my ever-growing flock to tide us over the winter until we could get our rain barrels set up and an automatic waterer built for them.

    With winter coming on, it's currently inside the coop so that my girls don't have to go outside every day if they don't like the weather. We're using the deep litter method inside our (summer 2011 built) 10x10 coop, it's our first time giving DL a whirl and we're very excited about it....

    BUT... Less than 2 weeks after I get this LG waterer, I've had to completely remove all the DL twice due to the waterer leaking all over the place!! TWICE!!! [​IMG] [​IMG] No easy feat to remove it either. It has to be done by wheelbarrow and all the litter moved to the other end of our 2-acres to the compost. Takes a long time! We've used a mix of shredded paper and several very large bags of compressed white pine shavings each time. We never expected to have to clean out the coop this often when we decided to utilize DL.

    No matter what we've tried so far to keep it from leaking, it has failed. We've tried the half-turn per waterer instructions. We've tried a 1/4 turn. We've tried anything in between those... We've tried screwing the top on as tight as tight can be. We've only filled it to the lines indicated... and we've tried using less water to see if it made a difference. Nope.

    Right now, it's sitting inside a 30 gal rubber stock tank, on top of bricks for easier access to the flock (they sit on the edges of the tank), so that when it leaks yet again and again, it doesn't end up all over the litter.

    BTW - it's still leaking into the tank.... [​IMG]

    WTHeck am I doing wrong here? Did I just possibly buy a dud waterer? I haven't spotted any cracks in it and, trust me, I've really looked for them! Maybe I'm just having difficulties understanding the (what I thought were) simple instructions.... [​IMG]
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2011
  2. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    Make sure the "O" ring is CLEAN, and put a little Vaseline or vegetable oil on it to lubricate it.

    When you refill, ALWAYS rinse it and the lid before you screw it back on

    Make sure it sits level and watch it a couple of minutes to make sure it's not leaking before walking away
  3. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

    Jan 18, 2008
    Newman Lake, WA
    Quote:Mine are al on blocks with no shavings under them so they are perfectly level. Also, if it is leaking it will make a hissing noise if you listen closely.
  4. Yetti

    Yetti Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have two of the 5 gallon ones. they slip the seal when you lift the handle. if have to re-tighten mine when I set them down or they drool all over the coops. they make a heck of a mess when the ducks add the water to sand and poo

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