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Poultry Waterers

by | Apr 21, 2020 | Meyer Moment

Let’s take a Meyer Moment to talk about poultry waterers. It seems like a simple task, to water your chickens, but there are a lot of different watering systems available to you! We thought a simple breakdown of waterer styles may introduce you to new concepts while helping you find the right fit for your homestead or farm. 

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Hey everyone! Welcome back to The Coop with Meyer Hatchery – where we talk all things poultry in hopes of inspiring crazy chicken keepers and educating future flock owners. Each week we like to take a Meyer Moment to cover relevant happenings. 

Let’s take a Meyer Moment to talk about poultry waterers. It seems like a simple task, to water your chickens, but there are a lot of different watering systems available to you! We thought a simple breakdown of waterer styles may introduce you to new concepts while helping you find the right fit for your homestead or farm. 

Providing fresh clean water to your flock is vital, but can become a daily chore if your system is not properly set-up, or you can’t find a solution to accommodate your coop. We’ve rounded up different waterers available, to help you find the best fit for your daily routine, while also hydrating your flock!  

First up, is your basic trough or water pan. These are open containers that can be filled by hose or bucket. These can be a great option for a small flock who get their water source outside of the coop. 

Next, are fount style waterers. These are the most common and economical type of watering systems and are available as plastic in a variety of colors or as galvanized metal. There are also top-fill founts, that are easier to fill without having to remove the base. 

Fount waterers also come in a variety of sizes accommodating the age of your flock along with poultry type. You can start with 1 quart capacity for bantams or quail, one-gallon waterers for chicks and small flocks, then graduate to a 2, 3, 5, 7 or 8-gallon waterer to accommodate your grown flock long term. 

For larger flocks or those out on pasture try out a tripod waterer or larger capacity waterers to limit the number of refills needed. We offer 20, 40 and 60-gallon waterers. 

Looking for an automatic waterer? Bell-Matic waterers are a great option for low-pressure watering systems. There are also open founts and automatic chicken nipple waterers that can attach to standard hoses. Depending on your set-up these automatic waterers can be a great addition to scale any flock size. 

Looking to get creative? There are watering cups and nipples available to create your own custom waterer from PVC pipes, coolers or buckets. These are great options for custom-built coops or mobile chicken tractors. 

Lastly, for colder climates, you can use a galvanized fount waterer with an optional heated base to keep your water from freezing in the winter. There is also a plastic fount with a built-in heater, or you can use a heated nipple waterer. For larger waterers, try a tank heated de-icer.

As you can see there are a lot of options that can accommodate your flock size and age, along with your farm or homestead’s set-up and location. Choosing the right waterer will provide your flock with fresh clean water while helping alleviate your daily routine. 

Watering your flock is no joke, even in April – National Humor Month. Now, to end today’s segment we thought everyone could use a joke as something to celebrate this month. So here’s a classic poultry joke for your whole family. 

Why did the turkey cross the road?…… To prove he wasn’t chicken! 

And that’s your weekly Moment with Meyer. 

Enjoy the rest of your week and as always thank you for listening! 

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Kendra + Jeff
From Meyer Hatchery

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