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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Turkeyrun, Sep 25, 2010.

  1. Turkeyrun

    Turkeyrun Chirping

    Jul 30, 2009

    We have increased our flock from 8 to 17. Time for a larger water. Not to big so I can carry it. What have you found to be the best waters and don't leak want to have to worry about leaking?

    Thank you
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2010

  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    I have several of the plastic with red tray variety. and one 5 gallon galvanized one. I've never had any of them leak.

    If you want to be worry free, leave a hose dripping very slowly into a heavy dish they can't tip over.
    Last edited by a moderator: Sep 25, 2010
  3. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    When I determined that the chickens seemed to prefer drinking from the dog's water bucket, I ditched the chicken waterers and bought more 8qt Fortiflex buckets. They are just about the right height for chickens, as you can see in the pix. They get dust in them in the summer, especially if they dustbath near the waterers, but they don't seem too bad about standing on them or pooping in them so I just dump and refill daily.

    I like to get the flatbacked ones and clip them to the fence, although they only tip them when the water level gets too low

    I use two in the summer especially, for pens of 14-18 birds

    They are super easy to fill and they don't leak [​IMG]
  4. Akane

    Akane Crowing

    Jun 15, 2008
    Buckets are least likely to leak and what I use in winter. However if you have chicks or bantams you may have to drop a brick in even the smaller buckets or you will occasionally find drowned chickens. My 5g plastic poultry waterer leaks horribly unless it's perfectly level and it's not designed to hang.
  5. chickenbottom

    chickenbottom Songster

    Dec 30, 2008
    hollister, florida
    i have one that is designed to hang and it leaks bad and i keep it on the ground. ide say buckets are the best like everyone says.
  6. BarefootMom

    BarefootMom Songster

    Jul 20, 2010
    Half Way, Missouri
    I use the one that you can use a regular 5-gallon bucket with. Works pretty well and I have about 25 chickens right now- 5-gallon lasts about 2-3 days...plus my cats drink out of it also. You can just buy the base and use any 5-gallon bucket. It was the cheapest option for us since we have tons of buckets laying around. The base was about $10 at the local hardware store. I haven't had any problems with it leaking.

    oh and when I had more chickens I would use a kiddie pool- it was nice because several could drink at once, and they liked to perch on the sides to drink. Plus it was great for my 3 ducks to swim around in. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2010
  7. The bucket idea is fine if you don't mind changing water every day. I have gone to the nipple watering system and have had no problems. 4 nipples in the bottom of a 5 gal bucket with lid has been my gift from heaven! No need to clean water or bucket due to dust, pine shavings or poop. Do a search and you will find that many of the BYC family has gone to this method and can give lots of suggestions and testimonials. The chickens can still visit the dog bowl but when push comes to shove you can always count on them having clean water at the push of a nipple! Give it a look!

  8. mpathhealr

    mpathhealr In the Brooder

    Sep 13, 2010
    Quote:I'm trying to find the website I thought I found thru this one that had kits for sale of like 3 nipples. I have 5 birds and the 1 gallon I have isn't enough on hot days. Any clues where to look to find these elusive critters? My local feed store only stocks pig nipples, and the ones used for rabbits! [​IMG] I don't think these are quite what I should use.

    Thanx in advance for any help. [​IMG]
  9. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

    May 6, 2010
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  10. mpathhealr

    mpathhealr In the Brooder

    Sep 13, 2010

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