No-Mess Automatic Poultry Drinker
- Capacity: continuous
- Size: 31"L, 10"W, 8"H. Legs add 2.5"H
- Opening sizes: 3-3/4"W, 2-3/4"H
- Suited for: adults
- Number of birds: over 100
- Waterfowl: yes
- 22mm float hole
- Legs attached
- Large access holes on each side of the drinker provide fresh and clean water by keeping out most ducks, geese, chickens, turkeys and pigeons.
- Small ducks such as calls or mallards may still fit through the holes to swim.
- Can also be used for large chicken breeds.
How to Use
To clean: Remove bung to drain.
At brass to brass connections, we find that it helps to use a little pipe tape to prevent leakage.
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Rachel R from Ohio
We have tried white plumbing tape and plumber's paste and have come to believe that it is leaking from where the brass connects to the plastic, not from the hose connection. It doesn't handle the pressure of the water from our hydrant which varies in strength. The feet are unusually difficult to attach also.
A positive: The ducks took to it right away. We can't really use it in their run though as that area is already at max for the water mess it can handle and it seriously shoots water non-stop when it is not being released via filling the reservoir.
We're going to try using it on pasture, but with limited water, that may not work out either. It's a smart size and design that is not quite achieving what it was designed to do.
Victoria N from Texas
I wanted to love this, but there were a few things that I couldn't deal with so ultimately I returned it. One, I could not get the place where it connects to a hose to stop leaking. I hand tightened at first so as not to jack up the rubber ring, and then I tightened with a wrench. No matter how tight I made it it still leaked on the outside where the hose hooks up. We live in an area where water is pretty scarce, and I'm not willing to waste that much water. Another lesser thing, it seems like it would be difficult to clean. I had to stick my hand in to attach the float valve, and that was a super tight fit. There's no way to open it up to clean. Also, anytime I moved it around the feet fell off. They popped back on, but it was annoying.
During assembly, the rubber ring goes on the inside of the waterer and the red on the outside. This reduces torque on the soft rubber ring. If you are experiencing leakage at the brass-to-brass connection, use pipe tape to create a better seal for the threads. We attached this unit to a hydrant and there was no leakage at the hose-to-brass fitting, though we did apply pipe tape to the brass-to-brass fitting.
For cleaning, there is a drain plug at the opposite end of the float. Remove to let water drain. When water is low, slosh to help remove dirt and other debris while draining.
Justus R from Texas
I use this for chickens and geese and it's done a mostly adequate job.
It does have a few annoying aspects:
1. The hose adapter leaks. I managed to get it down to a slow drip which is good enough, but I can't get it any tighter because it's almost impossible to get any tools inside to hold it.
2. The drain port and plug is useless. Even if you drain from the port it's not going to clean out the dirt that accumulates inside and your animals will learn to steal the plug. Put the plug in from the inside so the animals can't remove it. I clean mine by flipping it upside down once per day.
3. The float assembly keeps the water level too high so water continually flows out of the lowest hole. Bending the rod downward slightly will lower the water level and stop this.
4. Mine didn't ship with the legs, so it sits directly on the ground. Maybe that contributes to how dirty the water gets, maybe it wouldn't make a difference.
Mary D from Wisconsin
Had to add 3 washers because the hose adapter leaked and also used white plumbers tape. Trying to figure out how to get my ducks to use it. The chickens figured it out right away since they are so curious.
Michele S from Minnesota
My ducks were making a HUGE mess in the indoor pen with their water. I tried at least 6 other solutions that they figured out and thwarted. This item is a bit expensive but I was desperate. The ducks have to be inside in the MN winter (minus 25 degrees F, and 1 1/2 ft of snow already this year). This is a good solution. I didn't put the float in yet due to the cold, it would just freeze but that will be a good solution when things warm up - in May. The ducks did figure out how to pull the cork out of the waterer and were thrilled with the water stream to play in.