The Care & Feeding of Your 16 oz. or 32 oz.Water Bottle
- To install your new water bottle holder, loosen and remove the
stainless steel band clamp. Back the band all the way out of the worm
screw portion of the clamp so it can be threaded through the cage bars,
but do not straighten the band. The curl in it will keep it from
sticking out after the holder is attached to the cage.
- Next determine the location for the holder. Placing it close to a
perch and at an elevation that will allow the bird to drink from the
bottle comfortably, is usually a good idea. You will need at least one
vertical bar to attach the holder and have the nozzle off center. Using
two vertical bars with the nozzle sticking into the cage between them is
usually better, but not always possible.
- Thread the clamp band around the cage bar/s and the holder so that
the band circles the holder and falls into the two stabilizer slots in
the sides of the holder. Position the holder so that the nozzle hole is
pointing at the cage and clear of obstructions. Resting the bottom of
the holder on a cross bar keeps it from sliding down over time and also
requires less clamp pressure to maintain the holders position. If
desired, the holder may be cut off to achieve this, but I do not
recommend trimming it off shorter than the bottom of the nozzle hole.
Tighten the band clamp securely, but please be careful, as these clamps
are very strong and can break welds or bars on some cages.
- Fill the bottle with water and screw on the nozzle assembly being
sure that the rubber seal is being compressed slightly. A small amount
of resistance when rotating the nozzle will tell you that the seal is
tight. Upset the bottle and slide it into the holder being sure that the
nozzle protrudes through the hole into the cage. It is a good idea to
inspect each bottle for a dripping problem before leaving the area. The
cause of a continuous drip is usually easy to determine if you study
where the bubbles are coming from that are replacing the water that is
leaking out. If they are coming out of the nozzle, then the first of the
two stainless steel balls in the nozzle is not sealing. Check for debris
in the nozzle or a deformed or cracked tube. If the bubbles are coming
from around the rubber seal, then the cap is not tight enough or the
seal has been damaged. Bubbles from any other area will most likely be a
- We do not recommend refilling the water bottle with out first
thoroughly cleaning it and the nozzle, as in a dishwasher or such. We
put the nozzle assemblies in the silverware container and thread the
bottles onto the pins in the bottom tray. Failure to use an adequate
cleaning procedure will result in a buildup of some really bad glop (a
scientific term) in both the bottle and nozzle. We recommend changing
bottles when the water level is down to 20-25% or the water starts to
get cloudy (something got past the two stainless steel balls and is
growing in it). Also, when the outside of the bottle starts showing dust
(doesn't take long around birds, but its been long enough). The water is
pretty well sealed in the bottle when the bird is not drinking and we
very seldom find one getting cloudy.
- Checking the bottles for proper operation every day is recommended.
It is easy to do, just reach your finger in and move the balls or shake
the bottle enough to dislodge them and watch for a few bubbles to come
up in the bottle. Always be on the lookout for a bottle in which the
water level has not changed in a few days. Some birds do not drink much,
but it may also be a sign of a problem with the bottle or the bird. You
may find that some birds will shove food or bedding into the nozzles and
plug them up. The bottles for these birds should definitely be checked
daily for proper operation. I am still working on offering an optional
bottle lock for those few knuckle head birds that think it is fun to
push the spout back through the hole in the holder which shoves the
nozzle up into the bottle or pushes the bottle up the holder. The nozzle
can be kept in place with a small band clamp around the tube by the cap.
The bottle can be held in place with a wire bale that sticks through
one side of the holder, then goes over the large end of the bottle and
back down through the other side of the holder so that it pivots down
when you want to replace the bottle. This will not work well if birds
are on the outside of the cage as they will have a ball with the wire. A
second band clamp snug around the upper part of the holder will stop the
fun, but is not real convenient when changing bottles.
- I have saved this for last because I know you have been wondering,
"What the heck are those stupid black lines on the inside of
the holder for?" and I wanted to keep you in suspense as long
as I could. Maybe this will help. When the water level in the bottle
drops below the top of the white holder, it can be difficult to see just
how much water is left. Because of the lines, you can very easily
determine the water level, as the water will amplify the width of the
lines up to its top surface, but the glass by itself will not. Try it
out, would I lie?
We hope your bottle assembly gives you and your bird many years of
service. But if replacement parts are needed, they are available from us.
Please keep in mind that most of this assembly was customized or custom
made by The Bird Barn, and standard tubes are not as safe to use and
standard caps will not seal on the screw top bottle.
Thanks for your patronage,
Mike and Sue at The
Bird Barn in
(503) 288-1928----www.thebirdbarn.biz email@example.com
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