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KellyGa    Posted 02-26-2004 at 09:12:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
I saw the galvanized thing. What did you find out? I haven't yet, but I will have to buy waterers for the hen house. The local feed store has plastic and galvanized, maybe I should get the plastic, eh? I also have a galvanized feeder and waterer (small) now for them, but I also have a plastic waterer that seems to work better, wider bottom, doesn't tip over off the block I have it sitting on.

RichZ    Posted 02-26-2004 at 10:11:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Well, Kelly, the waterers that I have had no company indentification on them, and neither did the buckets. I thought my neighbor was full of beans, but I figured I should check it out.

I asked the cooperative extension, and they said that unless a waterer or bucket is very old, they should be fine. Real old ones may have lead solder.

I already had replaced my galvinized waterers with plastic, but I kept the galvinized ones, just in case I needed extras.

In your case, I definitely think that you should use the plastic waterers. First of all they're usualy red, and chickens can't resist anything in red, so they'll check it out quickly and discover the water. It also just seems to me that the plastic is safer for them. Less likely to have sharp edges.

I'm not quite as attached to my chickens as you are, but I'm pretty fond of them, and I want them to be as safe as possible.

How are your little babies doing, by the way????

KellyGa    Posted 02-26-2004 at 10:24:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks Rich, I didn't know they liked red! It is a red waterer. So are the big ones I have been looking at to get when they get big enough to go to their house. They are doing real good, growing so fast. They do like the toys and whatnot. Getting really attached to their human mama. :) I am real proud of them, never had this experience, and I love it. I like the chickens a lot better than those dang finches I have. Those finches are brainless, now I know chickens have little brains, but those finches are brainless. I used to like them, still do, just wish I could put them outside more, they have gotten really noisy, more than they were the first 6 months I had them, don't know why. I do think I am better suited for farm animals than pet animals, just discovered I like them a lot more.

toolman    Posted 02-26-2004 at 10:17:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
it,s interesting that you mentioned the RED thing rich, i have some very old chichen waters and feeders given to us by the lady we bought our place from, these things are like 60 to 70 years old at least they are galvinized (grey) bottoms with long RED handles on them, i often wondered why,now i know.

RichZ    Posted 02-26-2004 at 10:43:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Luckily I read about the red thing (no pun intended) with chickens years ago. We have several dozen free range chickens for our egg business, and we'll be getting another several dozen more chicks this spring.

But we also grow strawberries (and lots of other berries) and tomatoes, which we sell. We have to cage up the strawberries and tomatoes, and anything else that's red, or the chickens will go after them. Last year we lost most of our strawberry crop, because apparently one day, so many chicken jumped on top of the cage I built around the plants, it collapsed enough for the chickens to get at the berries. Those they couldn't manage to eat, they poked at and pooped on!!!

This year, I'll have bigger and stronger cages!!!

toolman    Posted 02-26-2004 at 10:51:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
iused to have chickens here for years and never knew that about them liking red,now i know what happened to my strawberries, i always blamed the gophers,haha

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