Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by cinderbay, May 7, 2016.

  1. cinderbay

    cinderbay In the Brooder

    Jun 27, 2015
    So a friend recently brought us this waterer. Five gallon. It never holds its water and is making a huge mess! I just read a few online reviews and found others had the same result.
    Can anyone recommend a better brand. Purchase. Prefer not to have to build something.


  2. pdirt

    pdirt Songster

    May 11, 2013
    Eastern WA
    I haven't used one, but I know the large 3-5 gallon galvanized metal waterers are quite popular and durable. But you can't put anything acidic like ACV in the galvanized ones because they will corrode.
  3. I would recommend getting a double walled galvanized waterer at a farm supply store.

    I started off with a 3 gallon waterer. It never failed or leaked until my 2 year old grandson filled it with dirt last fall. Over the winter it rusted through and now it leaks.

    Sooooo, now I have a 5 gallon waterer. Double walled waterer works great, this design is very durable and if you don't fill them with dirt....they last a long long time.


    Here's an old image of my 3 gallon waterer sitting on a drop pan. We have 3 or 4 chickens at a time, so a large waterer isn't needed for us.
    Last edited: May 7, 2016
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  4. scrambled please

    scrambled please In the Brooder

    Nov 30, 2010
    My sister canned my purchased waterer and started a hose dripping into a dog bowl on top of a cinder block, when she chicky sat for me; 3 years later it works for me but I have well water and there is no water shortage here. It's easy to clean and they never run out of water.
    Last edited: May 7, 2016

  5. raleonard

    raleonard In the Brooder

    May 5, 2016
    I just got my first chickens, 3 Reds and 3 Cinnamon Queens. Why do you have your waterer raised up like that? The chickens are a year old and laying for me but not in the nest box. I am using straw in the coop.
  6. Hey raleonard

    The waterer is sitting on a drop pan. I made the drop pan because I used to have a pair of ducks, and my ducks loved water more than anything else. When it rained, the chickens would head for the shelter of the run, while the ducks would put on their party hats and head out into the brunt of the storm to dance and sing. They loved the sprinkler system as well...so I made the drop pan to keep the ducks from flooding the run.....again.

    Here's what it would look like from closer up:


    Under the drop pan is a rubber tub to catch spilled water. If you have ducks, you know their love of water...drop pans are awesome. I still use the drop pan because having the waterer raised up off the ground seems to keep it much cleaner. There's not as much dirt or sediment in the waterer now that it's raised.

    Here's a mugshot of the two perpetrators:

    Last edited: May 9, 2016
  7. azjustin

    azjustin Chirping

    Apr 1, 2016
    Tucson, AZ
    Horizontal nipples!


    No spilling, no contamination, no cleaning! 5 gallon buckets for the little ones, 15 or 55 gallon for the older ones. Solway feeders (Rich) on ebay is the only ones I've used so far and would never buy anything else.

  8. captivatedlife

    captivatedlife In the Brooder

    Apr 21, 2016
    Thanks for the info!
  9. MountainPea

    MountainPea Chirping

    I use exactly this one and am very happy with it so far. It holds roughly 10 litres or so (equivalent to approx 3 gallon?). I hang it to the ceiling of the coop by a chain so that the girls don't kick stuff into it

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