Using your Dine a Chook Chicken Drinker
We provide the highest quality products and service to poultry keepers throughout New Zealand, Australia and Europe. To get the most out of your Dine a Chook Chicken Drinker, please refer to the FAQ below.
Our family-owned company is committed to personalised service. If you have a question about using your Dine a Chook Poultry Drinker that has not been answered, please contact us through the website. We are always happy to assist.
How do I to install a Dine a Chook Chicken Drinker in my chicken coop?
For Installation information, including mounting height, drinker location and installation instructions, please visit our Installation Guide.
Where should I install my Dine a Chook Chicken Waterer?
For best results, always place your drinker in a shaded location as chickens prefer cool water. For more information on Chicken Drinker installation, click here.
How often do I need to fill my Dine a Chook Drinker?
The amount of water that your chickens consume will determine how often you need to refill your drinker. This amount will vary depending on the weather, as well as the individual needs of your birds. It is important to check water levels regularly.
As a general guide, you should allow 500 ml of water per bird per day. Therefore, a full 4 Litre Chicken Waterer should last 2 chickens for 4 days, whereas it might need daily refilling with a flock of 8 birds.
Check your Dine a Chook Chicken Drinker regularly to determine what is normal consumption for your chickens, in order to establish a refilling routine. Remember that in hot weather birds will drink much more than normal and dehydration can be a real risk.
How do I refill my Chicken Drinker?
The easiest and most convenient way to refill your Chicken Drinker is to install it within reach of the garden hose. Then all you have to do is open the lid and top it up. You can give the Lubing Cups a squirt to clean them too!
If your hose does not reach your Chicken Drinker, you can bucket fill or simply carry the Drinker to the tap using the ergonomic handle and fill it there.
Because the drinking cups are fitted to the base of the Chicken Drinker, you will not be able to rest it on the ground while filling it. We recommend installing a second set of mounting brackets near your tap or hose so that you can rest the waterer on these while you clean and fill it. This is much easier and safer than perching it on a ledge where it could easily fall off while you complete these tasks.
How often do I clean my chicken drinker?
Dine a Chook Chicken Drinkers are designed to consistently deliver clean, fresh water to your chickens. Unlike other drinkers, our UV-resistant PVC will prevent the growth of algae and mould, which is the major problem in 99% of the poultry waterer systems on the market. This means that your drinker will not need to be regularly scrubbed, unlike poor-quality waterers. We suggest cleaning your drinker every month, depending on the quality of your water source.
The German-made Lubing Cup water delivery method that we employ in all Dine a Chook Drinkers is specifically designed to prevent the soiling of water with dirt, dust and feed. While the stored water is well protected, the drinking cup can still become grubby. It is important to rinse it out with running water once a week to ensure optimum performance over the long term.
Can I connect my Dine a Chook Chicken Drinker to mains water?
Unfortunately, our classic Dine a Chook Drinkers are not equipped for connection to mains water and any such alteration will void the manufacturers guarantee.
However, we do manufacture Automatic Mains Pressure Drinker Systems featuring the Dine a Chook guarantee and top quality Lubing Cups, available through our NZ website.