Regular cleaning of your Dine-a-Chook lubing cups will help to prolong their life and mean that your precious poultry will continue to have an efficiently working water system when they need it… which is pretty much all the time, but I digress…
When filling up your chickens water tank or checking the mains pressure system, a quick slosh of water from a standard low pressure hose is generally enough to wash out the mud and debris that can collect in the bottom from general poultry beak dirt.
For cups that need a bit more loving, a gentle scrub with a slightly soapy old toothbrush can help to dislodge and clean out more stubborn grime.
But there might be the odd occasion when your nipple water might be overflowing or not working as efficiently as they did when you first got them. If this is the case, DON’T PANIC!!!
This isn’t uncommon if your water is moderately laden with bacteria or sediments from water sources such as bore or rainwater, causing a minor blockage in the float valve mechanism. Or just general poultry gunk… good thing we love them, eh?!
There are two distinct steps to cleaning out your lubing cup, to ensure it is re-assembled easily. As you become familiar with the complete process you can combine pulling all the parts apart at once but for now we will guide you through it slowly.
Please read on to learn how to clean your Lubing Cups and bring them back to tip top functionality in 10 minutes or less…
How To Clean Your Dine-a-Chook Lubing Cup
- Remove Nipple Valve (the shiny silver thing at the top that you can push down on – see image). This can best be done with a pair of gripping piers to very carefully remove the nipple valve from the cop of the lubing cup.
2. That prior mentioned old toothbrush might come in handy here but a soft cloth will do the same job. Soak the cup and parts in warm soapy water to help to dislodge buildup etc. Clean thoroughly and then rinse clean.
3. To reassemble, clip the yellow plastic valve and pins back into it’s position at the top of the lubing cup. Using your fingers (not the pliers), check if the pin and nipple spins freely. If they can do so, then the system will operate efficiently, as did originally.
4. Next is cleaning the float/tongue. Gently remove the silver side pin at the rear of the cup. Clean as you know how to do and reassemble.
THAT’S IT!!! You should now have a wonderfully clean (and unclogged) lubing cup. After you take a moment to admire your handy work, show your wife/partner and poultry, then refill everything and go back to your life, satisfied in the knowledge your DAC sippy cups will last a while yet and your poultry will have the water that they need, mishap free.
Well done and Happy Chooking.
Christine from Aussie Chook Supplies.