We bought a 3 gallon poultry waterer a while back. It is made of thick heavy plastic. They do make metal ones but this is not as heavy. The metal will rust eventually too. That is just an excuse though…I didn’t want to have to carry that heavy thing around.
I posted about the waterer at the time because of problems with the lid. The instructions say to tighten the lid down but not TOO tight. Apparently the threads would get bent or something if you tighten it too much. I could not tell if it was too tight or not tight enough but the water kept just running out of it.
I did some reading up on it and found a post online where they same problem occurred. The fellow posted that the rubber gasket around the rim wasn’t quite sealing completely. The solution was to rub the sucker with Vaseline. Apparently air can get through tiny little holes. The Vaseline seals those. Which creates a vacuum when you close the lid and keeps the water from just running out.
So we have had this thing for a couple of months now. It has been working really well. There are currently 13 full grown chickens and 3 chicks out there. The water will last for up to 5 days. Of course it is getting hot now. The last two days the temperature was up to 100 degrees here. That means the chickens will be drinking more and some of the water will evaporate. So it will have to be filled more often.
I really like not having to worry about them having water. Just make sure it is filled every three days or so and all is good. There have also been other birds coming down to drink out of it. Which is pretty neat. The bird bath dries up quick when it is hot. Of course they can’t bathe in it but at least they can get a drink. Other small animals can drink out of it too. This is great to have if you can’t be home for a day or so.
We might get another waterer for the dogs. I got one of their Poultry Feeders a couple of days ago. Hopefully that will work as well as the waterer.