Waterer question...

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by EggsForIHOP, Jun 26, 2010.

  1. EggsForIHOP

    EggsForIHOP Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So techinically challenged - that's me right? It is.

    I have access to an abundance of 5 gallon buckets and thought we would attempt to make our own waterer. Drilled some holes, set it up and then...THE FLOOD WAS LIKE SOMETHING OUT OF NOAHS ARK! Chickens running for high ground, me - running for dry ground - so BEFORE I try again...did I do something wrong?

    I put the holes in the bottom of the bucket prior to filling it - BUT I did NOT put the lid on. Am I supposed to put the lid on? Because lid off it took about 2 seconds for it to overflow the pan underneath. Also,I only did 2 tiny little 1/4 holes - should I go with something smaller? Should I find a way to plug said holes until I have the lid on? What have I done wrong this time? I have plenty of free buckets, but not enough dry shoes to keep this up! I think my problem was the lid thing...but would love confirmation on this! All input greatly appreciated!
     
  2. Fox&hen

    Fox&hen Out Of The Brooder

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    i found this in another post. 06/15/2010 8:55 pm
    catdaddy66
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    View My BYC Page Re: How do bucket/saucer waterers work?The bucket waterer needs to have its holes near the TOP where the lid is attached (screwed with my head at first, too). When full, replace lid and turn over into the tray...once the fluid reaches the level of the holes, the water stops flowing. Similar to the way a straw holds fluid w/ your finger over the top to create suction. That is why the lid needs to be on for it to work. Hope that helps!

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  3. tylermckee

    tylermckee Out Of The Brooder

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    You have to do like Fox&hen said, or find a lid with a rubber seal so its air tight. I got my buckets from a bakery and the lids seal well, so i can remove the lid, plug the 1/2" hole i drilled in the bottom and fill and replace the lid.
     
  4. EggsForIHOP

    EggsForIHOP Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good to know! I have the lids, just did it upside down! Now...off to try again...
     

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