Originally Posted by kellieetal
Bruce--that red spout is exactly what I'm anticipating using for my garden. I think the spout itself will have to be insulated,
No need. All the water that comes up to the top will immediately drain straight back down when you shut it off. Works great. They were designed specifically for the purpose of having water out in freezing locations without endangering the valve.
But that does bring up another thought. I would DEFINITELY get quick connectors because it will be no fun trying to screw on a hose at -20F. BUT make sure you get the kind that do NOT have built in shutoffs. Not really the right description, they have a ball at the end of the source connector that keeps water from coming out if nothing is connected and the "use" connector pushes the ball back when you connect it letting the water through the connector pair. The intent is that you can disconnect something like a sprinkler from the end of a hose and snap on a hand sprayer without going back to the shutoff. If you use this kind, the water WON'T drain back down the pipe. So you have to get the kind that would make a huge mess if you forgot to shut off the valve before removing the sprinkler.
I know this is REALLY confusing. Here is a picture of the connectors, I don't know if these particular ones have shutoffs or not:
Originally Posted by kellieetal
but I didn't want to mess with draining hoses every time I use them in the winter, an re-rolling up cold hoses, so I was going to use a short length through the wall, connected to the fountain continually but capped off on the garden spigot end when not in use. Then it would stay drained all by itself when not connected to the spigot. The post was a couple days ago and was late at night, so I am not really sure WHAT I was thinking to be honest. lol I think I was also just hoping to be able to fill the reservoir a couple times a week only with that hose segment, rather than carrying in a pitcher/bucket, and rather than having to leave the water spigot continuously hooked up/running in the winter.
I'm with you on the not carrying water into the coop. I slopped enough of it before I made my nipple waterer.
I'm a little concerned about the capped off length of hose though. It won't drain if it is capped. If it is full of water, it will freeze and rupture.
If not capped, all the water will drain out of the fountain. You could hang the spigot end above the waterer but since it feeds from the bottom, there will always be water in the hose even when there is none left in the waterer. It could work IF the hose connected at the TOP of the fountain and is left open but that isn't the fountain design.
You probably need to put a shutoff ball valve right under the fountain. But I don't know how you keep THAT from freezing and cracking. I guess it would work if you are keeping your coop above 32F or have heat tape around the fountain and include the ball valve. I've had to replace a couple of sill cocks over the years because I forgot to shut the water off in the basement and open the cock then drain the water out of the shutoff valve.