Waterer that does not spill out and wont get full of poop

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by bigdog100, Aug 25, 2008.

  1. bigdog100

    bigdog100 In the Brooder

    Apr 10, 2008
    I have a 3 gallon waterer that is white plastic with a red tray. It has a nice black screw top that allow you to hang it. The problem is the chickens stand on it and spill the water out till it's empty. They also get the tray very dirty, is there another waterer that you recommend?
  2. newchickiefarmer

    newchickiefarmer In the Brooder

    Jul 16, 2008
    I'm sure more experienced people here would have better answers, but all I do is put my waterer up on a 2x4 so they can't get to it and poop in it.
  3. EllyMae

    EllyMae Songster

    I put mine up on a cinder block so that when they scratch and kick up dirt, it keeps a lot of the trash out of the water.
  4. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Crowing

    May 8, 2007
    Is it hanging or are they perching on it, while it sits on the ground?
  5. littlelemon

    littlelemon Songster

    Mar 15, 2007
    Do you keep your water outside? I keep mine outside and the biggest issue I would have with that waterer is that it would quickly grow a green algea on the inside. I am sure it was because it sat out in the sun, but I would have to take it inside and scrub it every day and I hated that.

    Now I just use one of those thick black rubber bowls you can get at the feed store. It is heavy enough that when it is filled up with water the birds can't tip it (even if they step on the sides), and the sides are high enough that the water does not get dirty.
  6. EliteTempleton

    EliteTempleton Songster

    Aug 9, 2008
    SW MI
    They say apple cider vinegar stops the algae growth(1 Tablespoon per gallon). I've got a galvanized water and have not had any trouble with algae. [​IMG]

    I also put mine up on a couple of bricks. Does a pretty good job. Still have to spray it out every other day to get some dirt out, but even at day two its not terribly awful.
  7. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Songster

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    I put mine up on a cinder block and they still flew up and pooped all over it. About 2 months ago I took a small piece of wood, tied it to a string and hung it right over the waterer, and they haven't perched on it since. They don't like flying into that chunk of wood. [​IMG]
  8. Pullet Pimp

    Pullet Pimp Songster

    Jul 1, 2008
    I had the same problem. Sounds like you hang yours and they perch on the red base tipping it so the water pours out, right? And jump on top where the black handle is and poop in it?

    I put mine on blocks so it won't tip if they try to jump on the red base. I also glued a large automotive funnel to the top of it to stop them from perching on top and pooping in the water. A couple have tried and just slide off to the ground.

    I put another funnel on my 30 lb. galvanized feeder also. I found the perfect size galvanized funnel at TSC that was the exact size of the feeder and makes a great lid. Holds everything tight and it also keeps stuff from getting in the feed in the open top.
  9. I mentioned this the other day. Most poultry supply places will have automatic waterers. The one that I like specifically is the small individual cups that allow fresh water to flow when the bird pushes on the cup with their beak. It ensures fresh water with every drink, and the small individual cups keep a lot of trash and dirt out by their shear size.

    The cups are connected with 1/4 inch tubing to a resevoir (usually a 5 gallon bucket with a cover).
  10. wyliefarms

    wyliefarms Songster

    Aug 19, 2008
    We just use a gallon ice cream pail. it is easier for the kids to do chores this way.

    Works great in the winter, we rotate several so the chickens have fresh water when it is freezing out.

    We tuck it in a corner and it rarely gets tipped over.

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