I've read several places that you shouldn't use a plastic heated waterer that I need to get metal. Why?
Lol good point!! Or DO we? Ya gotta admit, that would be kinda funny...well, after you got them unstuck!HarleyDog said:I guess, depending on the heater, plastic could melt or otherwise deform/react to too much heat, so metal makes sense in that regard. But I definitely don't want my chicken's lips sticking to frozen metal on cold mornings!
I thought all waterers twisted off the base. How do you fill the metal ones?CharlieEcho said:We have some old water fonts in our barn. The metal kind that are commonly seen, but pretty old and one is over 24" tall. They are still in good shape but we don't use them. They are made of a heavy gauge metal. I prefer the metal font/waterers.
We purchased a new metal water font last fall and began using it again this year. It sits on a seperate metal pan that is thermostatically controled to provide a heated base for the font. I like it as it's easy to fill and feels pretty sturdy.
We purchased a plastic font/waterer just Monday. We wanted another waterer in barn for during the day when the birds move in out of the weather. I don't care for the plastic. It is of course light weight, and I'd prefer a little more weight to hold it in place when low on water. It's difficult to fill since you have to turn it up-side down. The font itself twists into place on the base and there is a rubber plug on the bottom.
I was concerned about the plastic base and decided to to place the waterer on a concrete pad about 24" in diameter and 3" thick. Our barn stall has a dirt floor with straw for a bedding base. I also placed the waterer close to the wall. (24" high concrete footer)
Outside we have rubber buckets and 12" x 4" rubber "pans". These are the heavy rubber you see in the farm stores. Each night we turn these upside down and refill them with fresh water in the morning. They only work for water for a short time on winter days unless the sun is shining.
We have three of the pans and two buckets.
We have four ducks, and they are not good for keeping waterers clean. They usually make short work of our pans and buckets in the morning. I try to keep them away from the fonts.