Has anyone used rain barrels to collect water for chickens? If so could you post a picture and a web page to order parts.
Here is what I am going to do....The food grade drum collects rain water from the gutter and then I will run a 3/4" pvc pipe into run and add 3 or 4 nipple waterers for our chcikens to drink from. We are getting our chicks next week so I have some time to "fine" tune the system. I still need to add some screening and maybe some cheese cloth for filtering but I think it will work. It rained just a little last evening and morning and filled the 15 gal drum over 1/2 way so all looks good for now and I do have a hose in the area to keep it full during summer etc. I will keep posting pics to keep you updated. Let me know what you come up with, I am interested on new and better ideas. Good Luck
I never thought of making an automatic waterer that collects rainwater...GENIUS! I will be showing this to my husband soon
I am in the process of doing the same thing. Funny how great minds think alike.I have used a 55 gallon drum/recycled rain barrel with screening to filter out mosquito larvae and such debri. I will use the pvc also for a water tube with nipple waterers inside the coop. I like your idea of an additional spigot line for other uses! I never would have thought of that one. Next on my list is an automatic feeder with timer. Got any ideas?
Yes!, Check out the Cary Company for recycled drums converted to rain barrels. Pvc piping and fittings can be purchased at Home Depot. Water nipples at QC.com. Good start and good luck!