New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Using PVC to water

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 

I've seen articles where people screwed chicken nipples in to PVC filled with water from a source like a rain barrel. While this is very appealing to me due to the seemingly elimination of watering every day, the question I have is, would the pipe not eventually grow algae? Has anyone used this method, and would they recommend it? Why / why not?

Thanks.

post #2 of 5
I'd like to know this myself.
post #3 of 5

I do recommend it with some precautions. There isn't much light penetration in PVC but eventually there will be some. You can shock the system with chlorine from time to time.

If you want to go straight into the pipe, it needs to be at least 2" PVC.

You can use 1/2" pipe with 1/2" - 1/8" - 1/2" tees. That's what I use for horizontal nipples.

The vertical nipples will freeze.


Edited by ChickenCanoe - 11/18/15 at 8:14am

NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

Reply

NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

Reply
post #4 of 5

 

I am trying it out. This 5 gallon water jug lasts a long time. I set it up inside the insulated coop and haven't had any problem with freezing or algae yet. What's wrong with keeping it inside the coop anyway? What I did learn is that air needs a way to get inside the jug because as the water was used, my jug sucked in on itself until it wouldn't allow water out the nipples anymore. To alleviate this issue I loosen the PVC fitting just under the jug until air bubbles can gurgle up into the head space. No leaking though.

post #5 of 5

I put a spigot on the end of my pipe. I can drain it for cleaning or to prevent freezing. also my nipples can be disassembled for cleaning. 

My water source is a bucket with a toilet float in it. The bucket can be disconnected and cleaned separately.

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Feeding & Watering Your Flock