This product is made of extra heavy-duty plastic and will last hatch season after hatch season. We recommend to clean it and add new water daily for the best health of your baby chicks. It is recommended to put a new cardboard or newspaper under the waterer once every day. Just make sure you have it level so it does not overflow and ruin your dry litter. Generally a piece in a dimension of 20″ X 20″ is sufficient.