Chicken Waterer Product Review – A Solution for That Miserable Chore of Keeping Your Flock in Fresh Water
A BriteTap chicken waterer.
I’ve spoken before about a traditional chicken waterer and the problems it presents. That’s why I built my own water tower, complete with a heated line that keeps my flock of layers hydrated using chicken nipples. If you’re interested in something similar, but you don’t want to build anything, there is a product on the market called BriteTap and I’m here to do a review.
Margaret found the BriteTap chicken waterer within minutes.
The BriteTap chicken waterer uses two chicken nipples attached to a clear plastic header that mounts into place on a thermos or other suitable container. My chickens took to it almost immediately, no matter where I hung it up. Even when I moved it, they quickly sought it out.
I believe the key to success is the bright red nipples and the fact that the chickens can see the water. I like this feature of the chicken waterer for several reasons: 1) you can see when to clean it; 2) the chickens see the water in it; and 3) there is clearly air space inside the waterer that will allow for expansion during freezing temperatures, so it probably can withstand colder weather (although I haven’t tried it under our sub-zero conditions here in Wyoming).
As shown to the right, the complete kit easy hung up on a board that I had sticking out of the outdoor shelter in the chicken yard. Despite the reach, the chickens were immediately attracted to it. I later placed a concrete block on the ground just under the waterer to make it more convenient for my flock.
Sturdy thermos, instructions, cleaner, waterer, cleaning brushes, and a button for my suspenders.
The kit I received came with everything I needed to set up the waterer and keep it clean. The thermos and waterer are sold as a kit, and brushes and cleaners are sold separately. It came with complete instructions, but frankly, they’re unnecessary if you are mechanically inclined. Everything assembles in a minute or less, and it’s easy to use.
I like the idea of the thermos because it’s easy to carry and the lid secures well. Also, with the side mount design, you can place the waterer on a flat surface to fill it, with the nipples safely overhanging the edge. If the nipples were on the bottom of the container, it would require that it remain in a hanging position when filling, and that would be inconvenient.
They even sent me a button to pin on my suspenders…yes, I do love chickens.
Like any chicken waterer that utilizes chicken nipples, the water stays clean because there is little chance of dust, dirt or debris blowing into the reservoir. The wind can’t blow the water out either. And, even if your chickens roost on the top of the thermos and do their best to crap in the water, they just won’t be able to contaminate it. That means the water stays fresh and clean until you need to fill it up again.
Shown to the left, mounting the waterer next to the nest boxes was easy. I could have built a small ledge for it to sit on, but instead, I simply used a scrap piece of cord to hang it by the handle. No matter where I moved it, the chickens found it and started drinking from it in a matter of minutes.
The only potential drawback I see is cold weather operation. At just below freezing, I suspect the BriteTap will work well during the day if exposed to sunshine, but it might need to be brought indoors during colder temperatures at night. I don’t know this for a fact because I was hesitant to run the risk of it freezing solid. It looks like the design allows for freeze expansion, as there is a healthy air pocket in the waterer, but then that means I have more work to do to thaw out the waterer…and, the whole idea here is to minimize the chore of keeping chickens watered.
The BriteTap site offers suggestions as to how to minimize the possibility of freezing. These include bringing the waterer indoors, heating the area of the coop where the waterer resides, and using traditional heater bases for keeping the water warm. Unfortunately, none of these will work well in my particular situation where I can’t heat the coop, don’t want to bring the waterer indoors each day, and I don’t trust a heater base to keep the water from freezing at 15 to 20 degrees below zero for many hours on end (and I don’t want to relocate to a warmer climate either).
I have a potential solution in mind that might work well for freeze protection for this product, and perhaps I’ll set it up and test it next winter and give you folks a peek at the results. My ideas also include an easy way to periodically fill it. As an associate of mine once said, “I can hardly wait to hear what I have to say about that.”
If you want to set up your own inexpensive 5-gallon bucket for watering chickens, it’s easy to do. Our friends at BriteTap offer chicken nipples as a separate product (at a reasonable price), or you can browse through their various combinations of waterer solutions for backyard flock owners. Either way, there are solutions out there that beat the pants off of using those traditional founts to keep your chickens in fresh and clean water.
For the convenience of our readers, the BriteTap Chicken Waterer is available from Amazon, just click on the image below and you can read customer reviews there as well. They’re all positive reviews, just as I would expect them to be.
By the way, if you’re new to chickens, there is a handy chicken calculator
offered by the folks at BriteTap. I’ve tried it and it make sense to me. If you’re looking for a way to guesstimate space requirements, food requirements, and learn a bit about the egg production capabilities of various breeds, this is a handy tool.
Good fortune to all of my fellow chicken ranchers out there. Get them girls laying eggs!
Clair Schwan enjoys his backyard chickens as a great source of fresh eggs, He finds there is nothing quite so easy, entertaining and productive as having a flock of layers around the homestead.