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Automatic chicken waterer comparison

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has an interesting automatic chicken waterer that caught my eye while I was enjoying their poultry project pictures.

It's a huge improvement over the regular gravity fed waterers, but still needs to be cleaned out, and it cost more than an Avian Aqua Miser.
I'm not sure I would trust the float not to get stuck, and would most likely be checking on it often to see if it were flowing. I never have this concern with the Avain Aqua Miser.

I would be willing to bet a box of doughnuts that if the chickens were given a choice side by side with this waterer and an Avian Aqua Miser they would forget all about those two big scary holes to peek into and start geting all their hydration from a source that will always provide clean drinkable water without nearly as much fuss.

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"I'm not sure I would trust the float not to get stuck"

I have one of those for my dogs (at least it has the same float mechanism from what I can see in your picture). It's one like this... I have never had a problem with the float getting stuck at all... in fact it works quite well. It does get dirty though since the local sparrows like to bathe in it and requires a good scrubbing every couple of weeks. So, as for the float working like it should... it is reliable. But, I am sure you'd have the same problem with dirty water.

Comment by Shannon Sat Feb 6 22:47:33 2010
You guys are just the best. If I were a chicken, I'd choose the doughnuts, I mean, aqua miser, too!
Comment by Brandy Sun Feb 7 07:54:19 2010
You figured out how to make your account, Brandy! Nicely done! (And thanks for the kind words. :-) )
Comment by anna Sun Feb 7 10:19:51 2010
I'll bet Mark would go for a waterer like that if Lucy didn't have free run of the creek. :-) Actually, one of our customers made something slightly similar out of one of our do it yourself kits and it seems to be working like a charm (plus staying clean.) Check out this homemade chicken waterer that uses a toilet float to stay full. Now that's ingenious!
Comment by anna Sun Feb 7 12:59:56 2010

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