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post #1 of 16
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Hi everyone!

I want to start using an automatic waterer to save me from constantly filling up the waterer and also ensure my feathered friends have enough water when I am out.

I did see a link somehwhere on here pointing to this website:

http://www.nifty-stuff.com/chicken-automatic-waterer-feeder.php

On the above link there is a very nice compact device designed for dogs called the Never Dry Auto-Wata from wall mart... And it's only about $12!

However I can't find anything like this in the UK!

So basically I just want to hook my garden hose up to an automatic waterer of some kind. I don't mind building it from scratch if it's straight forward and cheap to make.

Surely I can't be the only one in this position! Can anyone help me?

Thanks!

post #2 of 16

My first impression of that waterer is that the birds will make a mess of it.

Have a look at this one.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=14981

Your post made me scream.  I had the nighbor kid dig a trench this weekend to pull power from the greenhouse to the new coop, and I proceeded to fill it back in without dropping in a piece of PVC irrigation pipe.  Bummed I tell ya - I'm  bummed.  That trench will be re-opened next year almost certainly.

post #3 of 16

I'm sure there are other places and maybe other styles, but here's one for you:

http://www.chicken-house.co.uk/poultry_drinkers.htm

post #4 of 16
Thread Starter 

Thanks for your replies...

But I really want an auto water system that is connected straight to the garden tap via a hose, so that I don't have to worry about checking a tank attached to a gravity drinker.

Does anyone have any ideas as to where I could buy one here in the UK?

Or as I said in my previous post I don't mind making one if it is straightforward and the parts are pretty cheap.

I can't believe that there isn't a market for this product here!

There are hundreds of thousands of chicken keepers accross the country and obviously they must all manually check their drinkers all day long (like I do)...

post #5 of 16

Won't the red hanging ones connect to a hose?  The ones right below the blue water heater on that page?  The ones that are sold here are a different style, but can be hooked up to either a faucet/garden tap or a water tank, as you choose.

post #6 of 16

Yes the one that is in the link that greginshasta posted is fully automatic just make sure you hang it high enough so that the chicken don't make a mess of it, Because of the open design of it, Its easy for them to mess up.

post #7 of 16

It may be on another site, but I saw a good design using a PVC pipe.  It was attached to the side of a wall or fence.

The top third or half is cut off leaving a trough.  Attach an adapter at one end that fits onto a hose.  At the other end put a removal cap.  Install a regular livestock float to keep the water level constant.  When  you need to clean it, take off the end cap and run the hose through it.

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post #8 of 16

I found a site in UK that has what appears to be a nifty watering system. I emailed them but have not gotten a reply. Their site is:

http://www.bec.uk.com/indexmcd.html

or http://www.bec.uk.com/

If anyone contacts them and has information on whether they sell small quantities and/or ship to the USA. please let us know.


Edited by PickledEgg - 3/26/09 at 8:36pm
post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by allen wranch 

It may be on another site, but I saw a good design using a PVC pipe.  It was attached to the side of a wall or fence.


This was possibly my invention. You can see it and my gravity fed feeder at my BYC page:

http://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=17397

And more aboout it at my personal page link below. I agree with you about not taking chances with water, especially since I'm in an arid area. Even though it holds three to four days water, I still clean it every day.

It's always a fun day with my Googly Eye Girls.  Movies at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjXYxml3wV0
My entry for coop design:
http://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=17397

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It's always a fun day with my Googly Eye Girls.  Movies at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjXYxml3wV0
My entry for coop design:
http://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=17397

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post #10 of 16

Good design, but the one I saw was mounted horizontal along the side of the coop.

Carla
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