Edited by Muzungu Josh - 9/29/15 at 5:56am
Pressure Regulator / Pressure Reducing Valve for nipple waterer - Page 8
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I have to use a 5 gallon bucket wrapped in heat tape for the winter, but after the last freeze I swap it out for my PVC nipple waterer, tapped into a 55 gal drum that collects rain water from the coop and run. I never have more than 12 chickens and they free range so the 55 gal drum lasts over a month with no rain. It only takes .8" of rain to fill the entire drum! The pipe is only 18" off the ground, it should be more like 20" or 21". I have a standard in line valve where I can reduce pressure, but even when the drum is full I dont need to.
I did buy "Birdfaucet",which is very suitable birdwaterer for chickens,ducks and all other birds in our farms.5 gallon pail kept 4 feet above ground provides the required pressure for
the smooth running of water to your birds and fully automated watering system,which keeps our farm very clean and tidy.This also allow us to mix any type of medications in the water to the birds since it is kept separate as our bird waterline and house waterline.It is easy to expand the whole system depending on our birds in the farm ,few to hundreds of birds in multiple pens.It is very good for my chickens with affordable range.
Edited by Michael56 - 4/4/16 at 12:01am
Thats what I did on my 55 gal drum and it works perfectly. Only when the drum is over 95% full do the nipples have a droplet hanging on the end, but only actually drip when they are bumped. I close the valve halfway and the droplets stop. After a long dry spell I will go back and open it up.
Edited by gen2racer - 4/7/16 at 10:23am