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|How can I prevent my BriteTap waterer from freezing in Winter?|
If you live in an area that rarely experiences freezing temperatures, you may not need to do anything special during the winter.
If you live in a place where even daytime temperatures are routinely below freezing, consider the following approaches.
|How long does it take to train chickens to use the BriteTap waterer?|
|In many cases, chickens will begin using the BriteTap waterer immediately and without any help from you. This is because chicken’s natural behavior is to peck at brightly colored objects and the water valves on the BriteTap are colored red.
If your birds need encouragement to learn how to drink, set up the BriteTap waterer and then use your finger to tap one of the valves. The clicking noise and release of water will attract attention and the dominant hen is likely to investigate first. Once one bird drinks from the BriteTap waterer, the rest usually quickly learn to drink as well.
Here are some additional tips when transitioning birds that are used to a traditional waterer to the BriteTap waterer:
|I just got my waterer and noticed that one of the valves is dripping. Should I be concerned? What should I do?|
|A drip from a valve every 2-4 minutes is fairly common, particularly in the beginning. If that's what you're seeing this rate of dripping, don't be too concerned. This translates to water loss of just 1/2 once in 24 hours. In many cases, the drip stops in a day or two. If you're seeing more water loss than this, or if the dripping doesn't go away, then you can look for the following:
Sometimes there's a small gap between the gasket and the waterer that can cause a small drip. You need to check around all sides of the valves because the water will drip down the valve and collect on the metal valave stem. It will look like the drip is occurring from within the valve when in fact it is really a leak at the top around the gasket. If this is the case, tightening the valve very slightly will end the drip. Use a crescent wrench to make a small adjustment, no more than 1/4 turn if it appears the valve is fully in the porthole. You don't want to over-tighten and crack the plastic of the BriteTap. If a small adjustment doesn't work, we recommend unscrewing the valve and wrapping the threads with two turns of plumbers tape (also called Teflon tape). This can be found in any hardware store.
If on the other hand, the drip is really happening within the valve, and the dripping persists for more than a few ways, email us and we'll send you a replacement valve. You'll unscrew the old valve and screw in the new one.
It is also possible that the drip is happening within the valve. If this is the case, and the dripping persists, email me again and I'll send you a replacement valve. You'll unscrew the old one and screw in a new one.
Remember that you will see some water on the ground that is not cause by dripping but by spilling that occurs when chickens drink from the valves.
|I set up my BriteTap waterer and see a leak where the BriteTap waterer attaches to my water supply tank/water cooler. What should I do?|
|Reach into the cooler when it has water in it and loosen the nut on the BriteTap waterer. Now reseat the gasket to make sure that it is in the center. Re-tighten the nut. You want the nut tight enough so that it clamps securely against the side of the cooler, but not so tight that it causes the gasket to gap and allow water to leak around it.
If this doesn't work, empty the tank and remove the BriteTap waterer. Wrap the threaded section of the BriteTap waterer with 5 or more turns of plumbers tape, also called Teflon tape. This tape can be found in any hardware store. Now re-install the BriteTap. You may need to use a fairly heavy wrapping to close off any small gaps.
|What should I do if the water inside my BriteTap chicken waterer freezes?|
|Place your BriteTap waterer into a sink and let luke-warm water run over the outside of the BriteTap waterer for 5 to 15 minutes. This will cause the ice inside to gradually melt.
Check the threaded section of the BriteTap waterer to make sure that no ice remains that might disrupt the flow of water between your water supply tank and the main section of the BriteTap waterer. Once you are sure all the ice has melted, fill your BriteTap waterer with tepid water and return it to your coop or run.
When thawing frozen water inside your BriteTap waterer do not use very hot or boiling water as this may harm your waterer.