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On those warm days where your backyard chickens, turkeys, and ducks need a nice sip of water, duck waterers are great for keeping your poultry hydrated and refreshed without having to constantly check the water levels. Duck waterers are also great for providing clean water for your ducks to rinse their bills and feathers. Most of the options we chose are simple to use and can also be used for any type of fowl — so snag these if you have chickens or geese in your backyard, too. But we love these for ducks, and if you want to save time and not refill your duck's water multiple times a day, duck waterers are the way to go. Check our our favorites below:
1. Our Top Pick
This waterer automatically refills itself, so your ducks have constant fresh water. It comes with five drinker cups, and each one has a diameter of almost 3" so it is wide enough for your birds to dip their heads into it as well. Installation is easy: you will need a 3/8" drill bit to create holes in a 5-gallon bucket, and then you're done. This waterer is ideal for low-pressure systems that attach directly to a bucket or a float valve. You can also connect this to a PVC pipe watering system. One reviewer sums it up: "If you have baby ducks you want these. Attached to a 5 gallon bucket and works great. A must have for raising ducks or chickens. Worth every penny!"
2. A Heated Option
Your ducklings and poultry can enjoy up to 2.5 gallons of fresh drinking water with this No Mess Duck Waterer. The unique-shaped water cups allow your birds to dip their beaks and bills in but without any mess. This waterer comes with a removable filter which helps get rid of debris, so your ducks get fresh duck water with each sip. There are heated and unheated options, but the heated option is great because if you live in a cold climate, you know water can freeze up and make it impossible to keep them sufficiently hydrated. This heater will ensure the water won't freeze — it won't be hot, it just prevents it from becoming ice.
3. An Easy-Fill Duck Waterer
This easy-fill drinker for ducks, geese, and chicken is is the perfect option for a no muss, no fuss option: just fill the 6.25-gallon with water and you're done. The handle makes it easier to move indoors and outdoors (it's safe to use inside as well!), and the larger version can feed up to 100 ducks. It's made with BPA-free plastic, and one five-star reviewer writes: "I ordered one of these a year ago and it has worked flawlessly as an overnight waterer for my ducks. when I expanded my flock I ordered another one because it worked so well."
This piece was originally published in March 2021.
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