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A Twist on a 5 Gallon Spring Water Jug Gravity Fed Poultry Waterer 

 

I needed a big waterer for our 26 meat birds desperately, then I saw the idea of this system on a google image search but after some thought, I realized that I needed to make a few changes, because when your a woman carrying a 5 gallon jug of water and flip it over you don't want to mess around trying to align anything, and I didn't want to mess up my water jugs either by drilling holes and adding any bolts, etc.  The coffee container can move wherever it wants in that bucket and you can just flip the 5 gal jug into the bucket quick without having to fuss with all that weight in one hand!  And its gravity fed of course.  We have two water jugs, so I can carry one along to the meat birds to replace the other, then rinse and sun dry until the next day, repeat. Here is a link to a water jug if you dont use them from walmart or someplace already.  I had asked for mine on CL in a general sales post, got three replies and ended up with freebies! Thats always a plus! 

The site has several sizes and buy two get a discount, but again local CL works best, just type and ask!

https://www.gogreenbottles.com/water-bottles/5-gallon-bottles/5-gallon-pc-water-bottle-crown-top.html

 

15 minutes is all you should need if you have the supplies!

 

 

SUPPLY LIST:

5 galon bucket (cheap at lowes, homedepo and WallyWorld)

5 gallon water jug

Coffee Containter (I used Maxwell house, Foldgers is red and that IS the going Color for Poultry waters)

You betcha that's all folks! :thumbsup

 

TOOLS:

Sharpie

Tape Measure

Drill

3/4" paddle bit

2" Drill bit/hole saw (you can make drill holes to start dremel and then just drem/jigsaw out entirely instead of holesaw)

Dremel or jigsaw

 

 

HERE YOU GO! 

Measurements are in images, pretty self explanatory! 

 

 

 

 

follow around the jug 4" as seen below and then for the last set of holes I just "center eyed them up"

Because its JUST A chicken waterer people! 

 

 

 

 

Its such a complicated system, isn't it?

NOT :bun

 

 

Coffee container with two holes in it ..  

at 2" from bottom to top of holes, and 3/4" drill paddle bit

 

 

 

Again, before purchasing, try posting on CL or local FB pages and ASK for water jugs like this,, you will be surprised at responses! 

The kind with handles are awesome!

We also use them for WATER BACK UP (its the "doomsday prepper" in me :lau)

 

 

It didn't take long for them to start pecking at the system and find the water! :clap

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disclaimer: Please note this information is offered as friendly advice only and,

whilst I have made every effort to ensure it is accurate,

I can not be held responsible if it proves not to be useful in your case! :lau

 

 

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Edited by Sally Sunshine - 9/14/15 at 10:08am
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:goodpost:   I have GOT to give this a try!!! Thanks for sharing Sally!! :)

Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul. ~Emily Dickinson~

 

You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.  ~John Bunyan~

 

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Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul. ~Emily Dickinson~

 

You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.  ~John Bunyan~

 

Treating Sour Crop and Impacted Crop                                    Raising Quail

 

How to Treat Egg Binding in Hens 

 

Leg, Foot and Toe Issues in Poultry of All Ages

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:goodpost:   I have GOT to give this a try!!! Thanks for sharing Sally!! :)

you betcha @TwoCrows!  let me see it when your complete! someone suggested in the other thread to add an aquarium heater in the winter, not a bad idea! 

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you betcha @TwoCrows!  let me see it when your complete! someone suggested in the other thread to add an aquarium heater in the winter, not a bad idea! 

Sally, I will! And the heater idea is not bad either. I can't believe we are already having to think about winter and freezing water!! Ha! 

Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul. ~Emily Dickinson~

 

You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.  ~John Bunyan~

 

Treating Sour Crop and Impacted Crop                                    Raising Quail

 

How to Treat Egg Binding in Hens 

 

Leg, Foot and Toe Issues in Poultry of All Ages

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Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul. ~Emily Dickinson~

 

You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.  ~John Bunyan~

 

Treating Sour Crop and Impacted Crop                                    Raising Quail

 

How to Treat Egg Binding in Hens 

 

Leg, Foot and Toe Issues in Poultry of All Ages

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Sally, I will! And the heater idea is not bad either. I can't believe we are already having to think about winter and freezing water!! Ha! 

I now right! eeeekkkk my toes are cold already! 

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I made this last night after the birds spent a day locked in their house by accident (DH!) :he They are free range, so I didn't have water in their house; when I let them out, they almost drowned themselves in the community water bowls under the hydrants drinking so much!  This was SOO easy to make, I already had all the supplies. Also a good way to get ACV to the chickens without giving it to all the other animals (though it probably wouldn't hurt them).  As far as heating it in the wintertime, I think I will just wrap a heating pad (protected in a pillow case) around the top of it and plug it into my NEWLY wired chicken coop (thanks DH, you are forgiven!).:weee It does take a little practice to flip that jug over without losing too much water, though! :he

 

Wonderful and EASY!

9 BO, 7 EE, 1 Australorp, 3 cats, 1 dog, 2 kiddos and a DH.
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Originally Posted by 10AcreChick View Post

I made this last night after the birds spent a day locked in their house by accident (DH!) he.gif  They are free range, so I didn't have water in their house; when I let them out, they almost drowned themselves in the community water bowls under the hydrants drinking so much!  This was SOO easy to make, I already had all the supplies. Also a good way to get ACV to the chickens without giving it to all the other animals (though it probably wouldn't hurt them).  As far as heating it in the wintertime, I think I will just wrap a heating pad (protected in a pillow case) around the top of it and plug it into my NEWLY wired chicken coop (thanks DH, you are forgiven!).wee.gif It does take a little practice to flip that jug over without losing too much water, though! he.gif

Wonderful and EASY!

Do you have a picture of this? I would love to see it!big_smile.png

Never mind...roll.png I started from the last post and read upward...mum just now saw the first post...
Edited by kssilkiemama - 3/16/16 at 7:43pm
12 Black silkie hens, one splash rooster, 7 splash silkie hens,  three buff silkie hens, one buff silkie rooster, five white roosters and five white hen silkies...One pug dog, two horses and four barn cat...and in doctorate school, yes I am busy!  :) 
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12 Black silkie hens, one splash rooster, 7 splash silkie hens,  three buff silkie hens, one buff silkie rooster, five white roosters and five white hen silkies...One pug dog, two horses and four barn cat...and in doctorate school, yes I am busy!  :) 
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It seriously works, you just have to have the holes at the right heighth. I have yet to see my chickens drink from it, but I suspect they will when I lock them in this weekend! They've been hiding too many eggs from me!
9 BO, 7 EE, 1 Australorp, 3 cats, 1 dog, 2 kiddos and a DH.
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