Have tried several options but this one is high capacity, fairly convenient and lots of hens can gather around at once (if they aren't squabbling with each other). Two issues: 1) it's a pain to fill. Balancing it on its pointy head is trick while squirting lots of water in. I finally found a small bucket that was the right size to hold the tank steady upside down while I filled it. 2) Biggest issue is that the flat bottom of the tank is impossible to clean without bleaching because the water outlet hole (even with the cap removed) is pretty small. Especially in summer when temps are high, green stuff grows quickly but there is no brush I have found that will reach in and bend enough to really give it a good scrubbing. There is a separate sieve in the reservoir that is supposed to catch debris but I don't use it -- small stuff still gets through so it doesn't really help much. I still buy it and use the separate heater from K&H (red) in the winter vs their heated version of this waterer.
This is the easiest waterer I have used. It does not leak, simple to use. I do agree about cleaning issues, but I only use the heated water for the winters in Illinois, so that is not much of an issue.
This water dispenser is kind of big and bulky and although I thought it would help me pay less attention to my watering, it actually made it worse . it got way too dirty and it was a pain in the butt to clean. I’ve gone back to my old smaller water dispenser
All it does is leak. This was one of the worst purchases ever for this amount of money! I wish I could get a refund.
Think about it: How are you going to clean the algae and "muck" from inside the handle, or even the flat part near the very small fill opening? Toilet brush is too big, kitchen or bottle brush is too short. Until they redesign the opening for a hand to fit inside to clean... NOT worth buying at half the price.
I’ve seen this all over. Chewy has a decent price. As far as the product, it’s not perfect, but I will probably get a second one. The lid leaks a little (aprx 1/2 gallon overnight). I’m not sure if it’s a big problem in the coop because the chickens keep knocking the container off the base. It probably would just trickle into the base, and not make much of a difference as long as it’s in use. Once I find a place (in the spring!) that’s near a wall, I will have a better idea of how practical this is.
The tray is easy to clean. The opening of the jug is not very big as another reviewer mentioned, so deep cleaning may be hard, but you can still wash it with soapy water. The water stop in the lid works great especially when the coop is 200 ft away from the water source. It works good with the deicer although the water towards in the jug froze when the temperature got below 20F.
after years of my chicken waterers spilling over, not sealing, etc. I landed on this one. It is the only one that will NOT overflow! its a little deeper and wider sop that my cross beak birds can drink out of it as well. Easy to clean the bottom and I use a dishcloth inside the top and swish to clean. Just the best design there is.
These waterers are easy to carry and don't spill much when you flip them over. BUT they are impossible to clean! After a summer of icky water for my hens I finally put mine in recycling. The design would be great if there was a way to clean the inside.