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Re: Drinkers -what's wrong with just a plastic bowl?

Post by Margaid » Thu Apr 03, 2014 6:56 pm

I don't see why the drinker would empty Icemaiden as in the one I have there is a valve in the bottom which actually makes it a bit awkward to fill. I don't think it creates a vacuum but I may be mistaken.

Healthcare doesn't quite work like that this side of the pond Nitram, Chiropractic treatment in my experience is not available under our NHS and we tend not to have a high level of private health insurance. Chris is in France though so things may be different there.

How is the back Chris?
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Re: Drinkers -what's wrong with just a plastic bowl?

Post by chrismahon » Thu Apr 03, 2014 7:14 pm

Less painful Margaid, thank you for asking. But I have lost a lot of mobility. I have an appointment when I return in May for an X-ray and some treatment. Problem here is there are no chiropractors that speak English and my French isn't good enough. System here is the same as the UK -you have to pay yourself, even with private health insurance because Chiropractors are not recognised as health care.
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Re: Drinkers -what's wrong with just a plastic bowl?

Post by Margaid » Thu Apr 03, 2014 11:05 pm

Still got the house then? The farm isn't sold either although I don't live there now - I'm at Craven Arms.

Hopefully the mobility will come back as you start to move - everything will have tightened up to protect the damaged area from more harm.
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Re: Drinkers -what's wrong with just a plastic bowl?

Post by chrismahon » Fri Oct 16, 2015 10:34 am

Just to update this post. We have moved on from plastic washing-up bowls for two reasons. We have a sparrow problem and are wasting a lot of water cleaning them out. Also the sunlight resistance is poor, they are after all meant to be used inside the house, and one has disintegrated. This is potentially serious if one splits while we are out and the chickens are left without water- we haven't room for two in the runs.

So we have moved onto plant pot trays which are very strong and have considerable UV resistance. We had to take care which we bought because some have moulded features inside making them hard to clean and some are on the thin side, so won't last as long. We cleared out all the suppliers within a half hour drive from here and now have 20 in sizes varying from 400mm diameter to 300mm diameter. We might return to the bowls in Summer when they are drinking a lot but need to make sure they remain shaded.

Mobility is considerably improved Margaid. It will never be as it was but is sufficient as long as I avoid lifting at bad angles or too much bending when poo picking. I didn't bother with the MRI scan which the chiro wanted to confirm their diagnosis -it was £200! But their opinion is a ruptured disk split towards the inside, which is apparently unusual as they usually split out backwards, and explains why I could only get comfortable sleeping face down.
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Re: Drinkers -what's wrong with just a plastic bowl?

Post by dinosaw » Fri Oct 16, 2015 1:23 pm

Wow Chris thats a lot of drinkers to fill up every day!.We bought a tripod drinker when we first moved in here, it seemed like a good idea with having 9 chickens in one run, they are quite expensive and I have to say I'm not impressed at all with them. They go green very quickly and and are a bugger to clean out even with a bottle brush, whats more the lid has cracked which means it won't hold a vacuum any more and the water just runs out, apparently this is a recurring fault on them. As a result I have gone back to traditional drinkers suspended from the beams of the runs. What I do think would work quite well would be one of these watertight plastic cattle feeders (which we use for the the alpaca supplements) hooked over the bottom rung of a hurdle, they hold quite a bit of water, are smooth and so easy to clean and very tough, once again expensive though.
http://www.rkagricultural.co.uk/hook-ov ... rough.html
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Re: Drinkers -what's wrong with just a plastic bowl?

Post by chrismahon » Fri Oct 16, 2015 2:17 pm

Yes they are expensive Dinosaw and being black would potentially get very hot here. We bought the trays at €3-4 each. Yes, we've been consuming a lot of water with the bowls, although to be honest they don't get deliberately cleaned every day. We stopped that when we thought about it in the context of the filth they take in from a puddle. We now clean them when they have sparrow poo in, which at the moment might be every day anyway. Each run/enclosure has two drinkers and we have 9 coops occupied, plus several trays scattered around so the ones ranging in the enclosure walkways don't have to go far for water. Vacuum drinkers are always difficult to keep clean and here they go green very quickly. They are a good idea if space is limited and you have a lot of birds and they generally don't get knocked over.
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