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Old 07-30-2018, 07:43 PM   #1
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Question: Will turkeys drink out of something like this or is it too tall?? It is 2 ft. W x 2 ft. H x 4 ft. L.
Do I need to put a piece of cage wire - or something similar - across one end to make a perch? Would that even help? TIA

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Old 07-30-2018, 07:49 PM   #2
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They’ll land on the edge and drink no problem. Put a log or something in it for unfortunate small critters that may fall in and drown.
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Old 07-30-2018, 07:51 PM   #3
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They’ll land on the edge and drink no problem. Put a log or something in it for unfortunate small critters that may fall in and drown.
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Old 07-31-2018, 09:05 AM   #4
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Young poults may have trouble, but adults won’t have any problems.
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Old 07-31-2018, 09:46 AM   #5
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I dug a hole and buried my water trough and left about 4" or so above ground. I cut a piece of cattle panel and put over it to keep hogs out. Quail, turkeys, deer and just about everything uses it.
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Old 07-31-2018, 10:28 AM   #6
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I dug a hole and buried my water trough and left about 4" or so above ground. I cut a piece of cattle panel and put over it to keep hogs out. Quail, turkeys, deer and just about everything uses it.
That is definitely something we considered but not something I can get around to doing right now. Looking for ideas for short term solutions.

I'm going to clamp a piece of 1 x 2" mesh wire on one end and have it dipping down into the water a bit. That should help any varmints or turkey poults that fall in and give birds something to perch on.
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Old 07-31-2018, 10:34 AM   #7
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I replaced the old trough with a larger and non leaking one but didn't realize how much taller it was until I got it out there.
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Old 07-31-2018, 10:43 AM   #8
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Our trough by the cabin is kinda high and has a grate over the float. I took 2 pieces of cut off t pole and wired them to the grate with the ends resting on the side of the trough. The birds use them to get a drink or splash water on themselves. During the heat of the day it is non stop visitors. Also helps anything that might fall in.
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Old 07-31-2018, 08:52 PM   #9
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Don't put a perch on top they can stand on the side. If you put the perch you will get a lot of turkey poo in the water.
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Old 07-31-2018, 11:02 PM   #10
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I piled up dirt and rocks on one side. With cinder blocks inside for anybody that falls in. And have water line that keeps it full. No pigs
My other system is a cheap gravity dog bowl that I hook up to a water container.
I have a fence around this one.
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Old 08-01-2018, 07:04 AM   #11
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I buried mine up to about 10 inches sticking out of the ground. I wanted fawns and other animals to be able to reach it too.
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Old 08-05-2018, 09:55 PM   #12
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I have 3 just like that and they drink out of mine.
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Old 08-06-2018, 05:16 PM   #13
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I filled my first trough for the deer today. I am going to fill a couple of smaller ones tomorrow. Prays for rain for most of Texas������
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Old 08-06-2018, 05:33 PM   #14
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Question: Will turkeys drink out of something like this or is it too tall?? It is 2 ft. W x 2 ft. H x 4 ft. L.

Do I need to put a piece of cage wire - or something similar - across one end to make a perch? Would that even help? TIA



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They don't mind drinking out of ours like that.


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Old 08-06-2018, 06:17 PM   #15
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I am going to set one up down at the well head this weekend
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Old 08-07-2018, 09:37 AM   #16
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great pic, Stolle! I put a camera on our too. We went ahead and buried it about 10" in the ground so fawns can reach it.
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Old 08-07-2018, 09:41 AM   #17
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great pic, Stolle! I put a camera on our too. We went ahead and buried it about 10" in the ground so fawns can reach it.
Thanks! No way to dig them in out at our place
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Old 08-07-2018, 10:11 AM   #18
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For those of you with water troughs, do pigs create a problem?
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Old 08-07-2018, 10:13 AM   #19
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For those of you with water troughs, do pigs create a problem?


We very seldom see pigs and I think having the ag troughs help.


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Old 08-07-2018, 10:34 AM   #20
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We very seldom see pigs and I think having the ag troughs help.


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Most of the tanks on our lease have dried up.
So I'm thinking of making a water trough, but will have to transport water to it.
Any idea how long 40 gallons of water will last?
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Old 08-07-2018, 10:56 AM   #21
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Most of the tanks on our lease have dried up.
So I'm thinking of making a water trough, but will have to transport water to it.
Any idea how long 40 gallons of water will last?
Less than two days at my place. It wouldn’t be worth it if that’s all you could provide.
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Old 08-07-2018, 10:59 AM   #22
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Most of the tanks on our lease have dried up.
So I'm thinking of making a water trough, but will have to transport water to it.
Any idea how long 40 gallons of water will last?

I'm going through 475 gallons every 2 weeks right now. I have small waterers on totes to help with evaporation too.This is in San saba.
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Old 08-07-2018, 11:12 AM   #23
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I have four of these on 460 acres and at peak consumption, they will finish them all in 10 days.


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Old 08-07-2018, 12:39 PM   #24
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Most of the tanks on our lease have dried up.

So I'm thinking of making a water trough, but will have to transport water to it.

Any idea how long 40 gallons of water will last?


At our place they would empty it in a day. In these conditions in one day they probably drink 100 gallons per trough. I have 3 that run off a 5000 gallon tank.

I was running a sprinkler timer to pump 30 min of water in the tank a day. Sunday I upgraded to WiFi.



Tank was about half full so I’m pumping 1 hour of water in it a day.


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Old 08-14-2018, 04:35 PM   #25
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Our critters are drinking about 50 -60 gallons a week per trough......
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Old 08-14-2018, 05:01 PM   #26
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I've seen a flock of turkeys on top of a giant cement water tank that the windmill fills up.
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