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Autofill Bucket Waterer

OK, Here is my Auto Fill Kitty Litter Bucket Waterer.

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First I Bought a plactic water trough fill valve from my local feed store for about $13.00.

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Then I took out the float and drilled 3 holes.

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These are to screw it to a spacer block of wood to set the water level lower in the bucket.

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Then I screwed through the top of the Kitty Litter bucket and into the block of wood. I also Installed a garden hose adapter fitting I bought from Lowes and a 3/4 inch PVC riser through the top of the bucket lid and added a 90 degree angle two inch spacer and a female water hose adapter.

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Then I installed the float back into the valve and put the lid on the bucket.

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I added some quick disconnects I bought from Lowes so that I could remove the hose from the water and put on a sprayer to allow the use of the hose in the coop for cleaning.

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Then I took it outside, put the lid on it, hooked up the hose, and turned on the water allowing it to fill till valve shut off. Then using a 2 1/2 inch hole saw I drilled 2 holes on each side and one on each end about 1/2 inch above water fill line. This is so chickens can stick their head through to drink without dirtying up the water. Also hole are too high to kick dirt and bedding into water. I also plan to easily open lid in summer months to drop in frozen bottles of water to keep water cool through the heat of the day.
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Total cost to me was about $20.00. What do you think?

Comments (9)

I like the simplicity of your design. Am in the research phase. Have you been using a while? Pro's/Con's, does it freeze where you live?
This is cool....
i like your idea of using frozen water bottles in the summer!
This is great. I think I would put the device in a shallower container, though. With this design, I don't know if the water would be replaced often enough to prevent algae from blooming.
I too was wondering about the algae. Also, how did your chickens react to the waterer?
I think that is a Fresh step in the right Direction. .... Love the Idea need anymore buckets ?
I made this over the weekend. I had to buy a bucket and I didn't bother with the PVC attachment and the top. I just hooked the hose up to the float valve and put a y-connector on the hose outside the henhouse so I can attach another hose and turn them on an off independently with the levers on the connector. I don't think the chickens have figured out how to stick their heads into the bucket yet. If you're worried about stuff growing in the water, a bit of apple cider vinegar now and then should help out....and dump it and let it refill now an then.
really cool idea, think I will try this one
This would adapt well to Horizontal Poultry Watering Nipples found on Ebay!
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