5 Gallon Chicken Waterer Reviews & Guide

5 Gallon Chicken Waterer

RentACoop is a great brand with 100% food grade and BPA free plastic. 5 Gallon Chicken Waterer provides new Horizontal Nipples to prevent ground/bedding from getting wet. The No-Roost Cap prevents chickens from roosting.

The lid of your waterer will now be spotless when you go to refill it.5 Gallons/4 Horizontal Side Mount Poultry Nipples lasts 4 hens more than 10 days. It will provide you a complete system.

You do not require any kind of setup. It is very easy to fill and there is a removable cap on the lid as well.

5 Gallon Chicken Waterer Specs

  • Product Name: 5 Gallon Chicken Waterer
  • Product Brand: RentACoop
  • Perfect For: Up to 30 chickens
  • Price: $$
  • Product Weight: 2.8 Pounds
  • Warranty(if any): No
  • What’s Included: Easy to fill – Removable cap on lid
  • BPA Free Plastic.
  • New Horizontal Nipples.
  • No-Roost Cap.
  • Easy to use.
  • No setup required.
  • Pretty expensive.
  • Sometimes it is hard to press the metal nipples.


Features of 5 Gallon Heated Chicken Waterer

Easy to use

This product is easy to use. Your chickens will immediately be connected with the nipples.  This chicken waterer is very much comfortable for chickens. It’s better than a homemade chicken waterer. Easy to fill and removable cap on the lid as well.

No Leaking

It keeps water clean. Chickens had no problems at all, no dripping mess. Got a smaller version with quite handle which is much better. The “corner” style is good. I’d get the nipples all around for use anywhere, not just the corner. Plastic handle clearly not made for hanging. Another thing that is limiting. Why not a metal bale? Happy things are staying clean & ground dry.

Keep Your Chicken water Clean

5 Gallon Chicken WatererI noticed our chicken water would get dirty in what seemed like minutes after cleaning and refilling. It was the kind that had the open trough around it which let in dirt and feathers. I searched and found this, and what a lifesaver!

The instruction looked like a breeze and probably is as far as a chicken introduction to the nipples if you have a flock you hand-reared. Ours are a little more standoffish but after a couple of days I saw one hen drink from it and the rest followed.

So I would recommend leaving your old water dish in their coop until you see a hen drink from it. The large container means it’s easy to leave for the weekend and not worry, and best of all the water stays clean!


The capacity of this chicken waterer is 5 gallons with 4 horizontal sides mount poultry nipples. If you have only a few, let’s say 4 hens, it will last for more than 10 days. This awesome waterer is pretty effective for up to 30 chickens.


Learning Curve(Drawback)

If your chickens have had easy water drinking their whole lives, you may face some problems using this waterer. I’ve been trying to teach my 6-month-old hens how to use the waterer for the last two weeks.

5 Gallon Chicken WatererI removed all alternative sources (causing my hens to become severely dehydrated, I might add) The first time I showed them the unit, I had high hopes they would learn how to use the unit. Unfortunately after trying to show them how to use it over a dozen times, they just don’t ‘get it’.

I’ve tried the direct on hands approach, then have laid back for a few days to see if they would eventually get it – nothing. The seller told me it’s very difficult to see where the water level is. No, it really isn’t. I used a flashlight and a whiteboard marker to determine daily levels.

Also, it’s pretty easy to observe the hens without being inside the coop, and they have no idea what’s going on (fly on top of the unit, search under the unit, peck at the plastic) Every time I would go to teach them, they would get crazy about the water dripping, but never – ever, have gone for the nipples. They are attracted to the plastic underneath and are focused on the ground. I’ve tried barely tapping, just to signal, and release no water. Still the same issue.

I’ve been nothing but patient, but have gone to great lengths to try this product out. Maybe it takes chickens at some average level intelligence, and I just happen to have some dumb chickens. Who knows! But I did notice other reviewers with similar issues. Once again. had nothing but issues (water is flowing without issue from the nipples), but the chickens just don’t “get it”.

I was very worried about my chickens being dehydrated and had the same issue of my water freezing in the bowl without this and a heater. I have no clue what to do at this point.

Solution: I contacted the seller and they offered me several different solutions to solving the misunderstanding. I will always appreciate businesses that stand behind their product, which can be very hard to find – especially here on Amazon. Thanks, RentACoop for your understanding and excellent customer service!

Competition: Similar options on the market

Farm Innovators HB-60P: The Farm Innovators Heated 2 gallon chicken drinker is a 60-watt nipple-style drinker that will certainly maintain water from freezing, even in ice-cold temperature levels. The side-mounted nipples are specifically created to be drip-free and will not ice up, permitting water to stream year-round. The pail holds 2.25 gallons of water, as well as the 3 nipple areas, which will certainly accommodate approximately 15 hens.

It is very easy to fill up without having to take it down however if I do take it down, I additionally such as that I can establish it down while cleansing is- something I could not perform with the lower nipple area pail.

Overall, This item is a good worth and also works well. After months of looking for a heated waterer (that can hang) for my coop, I came across the HP-60P – it’s the perfect solution.

Farm Innovators Model D-19: The Farm Innovators D-19 Square Heated Animal Bowl features a special square building and construction with a 1 1/4 gallon capability. When needed, it comes thermostatically managed to run just.

According to the business’s specs, the measurements are 12 x 12 x 4.8 inches. It’s a truly great size bowl and also works actually terrific in the frigid cold.

This water dish is designed for chickens, pet dogs, cats, as well as other small ranch pets. A sturdy anti-chew cord protector discourages eating. The cords are lengthy and seem to be “chew-proof” up until now. You can load them right as much as the edge and also water does not overflow or spill. They are heavy sufficient that the rabbits can’t shift them about.

FAQ About 5 Gallon Plastic Bucket Chicken Waterer

How do you keep the water from freezing? Suggestions/Comments?
We tested 10 of the top-rated waterers here on Amazon and the c-250 watt heater from Farm Innovators did the best job. It turns on and off based on the temperature of the water which is a big electricity saver.
Can someone tell me how tall this bucket is?
It is a regular 5-gallon bucket, around 30inches. Great waterer except the handle is not strong, it didn’t last a full year hanging from a chain. We are drilling new holes to reattach though. Really is best we have used and we have tried a lot of waterers! Sorry, more than you asked.
Will this freeze in the winter? Or will a bucket heater keep them from freezing?
Ours does not work in freezing temps. The water in the bucket will stay liquid with Farm Innovators Model C-500 Submergible Cast Aluminum “Around The Farm” Utility De-Icer, 500-Watt ($40 on Amazon). But the nipples freeze.
Does the water level show thru the bucket?
Yes, the water level is easily visible. The bucket is translucent.
Can this waterer hang? I see some people say yes, others no. What's the deal?
Yes, it can be hung up. But I have 2 water buckets with bottom nipples. I have mine sitting on a cinder block. Bantams have their height and hens have theirs and the roosters mostly use the side nipples.
Is the bucket food grade?
Yeah, for chickens. It will turn green inside because of the light color. Put a few drops of bleach and wash it out good.
Anyone using this for Guinea fowl?
My Chix love it, but couldn’t get my guinea to use it! Thinking maybe when I merge them together they will teach the guinea how to do it.
Has anyone tried covering the outside with a thermal blanket to prevent freezing of water?
No but I live far enough south that it doesn’t stay frozen very long.

Bottom line

Overall, If you have an old flower pot that is durable put that upside down on the ground as well as placed the container on top. I used a block of timber that is about 6.5″ high as well as about the very same size as all-time low of the jug. This method is not going likely to fall over.

I hope that this evaluation will help others to compose their minds regarding this product and particularly the customer care that was exceptional.

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