The chickens manage to turn the top over most days, so I attached the chain hanging next to the fence to a wire with a dog clip in hopes of keeping the top right side up. If the hens still manage to flip the top I'll try raising the lid up a few inches.
The lid is there to keep the chickens from roosting on the waterer and pooing in the water.
Screamer is the white Brahma and she is telling me off. I think she is the boss hen. At least she acts like she is in charge and she is telling me to buzz off.
The top does keep a lot of the dust and sticks and stuff the hens scratch up out of the water.
But it still does get some dirt in it that I remove by turning the water all the way on and running the hose in the waterer.
Here is a photo of how the waterer is hooked up to the water faucet. It is nice not having to carry water around.
Coop and pen cleaning time is coming up again. I'd like to wait until we have a rain to cut down on the amount of dust I'll raise when I start raking and shoveling all the chicken dirt. Well, waiting for the first good rain is my excuse for not working out there now.
The faucet is wrapped with foam and tape to protect the pipe from winter snow and ice. I'm going to have to remember to empty the waterer before the water freezes. I'm sure that water freezing is what cracked the old waterer.