Fang Dangled Automatic Waterer

  1. chikeemomma25

    The Fang Dangled Automatic Chicken Waterer....

    After seeing all of the ideas on here I decided it was time to do something about our watering system. Previously it was a bucket with holes and an oil pan under it. I have seen some awesome ideas on how to make this better but I wanted something really cool and really easy and not really messy....
    And it was born....


    5 gallon bucket with a lid ($1 at the local bakery)
    10 ft section of 3/4" pipe (we had it, but I know it doesn't cost much a few bucks at the most)
    1 3/4" elbow ($0.34)
    1 3/4" T-piece ($ 0.33)
    2 3/4" pvc caps ($0.36 each= $0.72)
    1 package #18 O rings (rubber gasket things.... $1.97)
    1 1" x 3/4" pvc bushing ($0.74)
    1 3/4" pvc adapter threaded ($0.33)
    5 poultry nipples ($18.94) I bought mine at Farmtek but afterwards I saw that others got theirs much cheaper from someone else :(
    11/32 drill bit....I couldn't find this so I bought a 5/16" for $3 and just did a little faniggling as I call it until it was right.
    1 piece of water hose with the male end attached (we cut ours from an old piece that didn't work anymore)
    a valve or some type of shut off for the end of your hose. We had some connectors that we bought at Harbor Frieght for a few dollars.
    PVC glue. We had none...this stuff is pricey! is necessary. I forgot to use some on the elbow and it leaked. We had to shorten it anyway so we just glued it then. ($5)
    Total cost Less than $35 !!!....and could be less if you buy the nipples elsewhere and have some of the items already!

    First...I took the lid off the bucket and drilled a hole in the top with a 1 1/2" drill bit. Any size bigger around than your water hose will do. Some air has to come in in order for the nipples to work.
    Red the Rooster was wondering what we were doing and stopped by to check us out....



    We drilled a 3/4" hole in the bottom of the bucket next. Then we inserted the 2 pieces into the bucket, glued them with PVC glue and tightened them down.

    Outside/bottom of bucket
    Next we added water to below the tip of the bushing and set it on a cynder block to test for water tightness...looks water leaking!


    We added a gasket to the inside of the connector piece (outside part) where the pvc pipe is
    inserted to help prevent leaks since I was very worried about leaking in the house...


    We cut a piece of pvc pipe about 12 inches long for the water line inside the coop. We have 8 chickens and I have 5 nipples. 2 are for inside the coop. That is what this piece is for. My husband drilled 2 holes about 5 inches apart for the 2 nipples. We had to widdle them away a bit and keep trying to insert the rubber grommet to make sure all would fit. Ha ha...don't forget to wet the goes into the grommet a lot easier. We had a lot of fun talking about these steps.....
    We inserted the nipples next. Then we glued the cap on. I tested for leaks by filling it and holding my hand over the open end. Worked like a charm!
    Next we cut the hose to insert through the lid. Here is my happy hubby demonstrating how it works...he didn't know I was actually going to take a picture...he really should know better by now!
    We put the lid on and he climbed into the coop. We have 2 2x4's in the top of the coop resting on the headers/rafters not sure what you would call them! We were using them for storage. We since got a freezer to store things in and now we let the girls roost up there. Anyway, we set the bucket up on the 2x4's. Inserted the hose and fed it out through the opening between the roof and the walls. I plan on securing it down later but for now I think it is ok. He inserted a piece of pipe that is about 25 inches long or so into the connector and glued it in.
    Next we glued on the tee peice and glued the water line into that.
    Here is a picture of the hose on the outside. I like it because I can just hook the other connecter to it and fill to my content. I can also go inside and take the lid off if I need to add anything to it. I am planning on adding Oxine when it gets here. This should help with the bacteria and slime build up in the lines and bucket. We put it inside so that it would be cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. The coop stays pretty cool in the shade even in our 100 degree weather.
    A hole had to be drilled in the bottom of the coop. My husband had a wood hole maker thing for a drill bit...(I lost the 1 1/2" I wanted to use...found it today!) A piece of wood was secured next to the pipe to keep it from moving too much and the shaving from falling out. Then we placed the piece of pipe that goes to the underside of the coop into the tee piece and secured it with pvc glue.
    The whole time we were working on this our Dominque hen Dolly was needing to lay an egg...finally she just didn't care and went to work even though we were all up in her
    The water line for underneath has 3 nipples since they spend most of their time there during the day. I made it in the same way I made the first one except the pvc pipe was longer for this one. Capped the end off and tested it for leaks...worked great!
    The water line was glued into place in the elbow at the bottom of the line (this is where I forgot the pvc glue and was the only leak we had). Once the piece was glued in it was working like a charm! Love it!! Red the Rooster and his nosey self had to be right there checking it out of course.
    Of note, we raised the water line up. Since I didn't glue it in we had to take it apart anyway. That worked out great ;) Now it is at the perfect height for them.
    I am still using the bucket feeder as it just seems to work really well for us. A few pounds of feed can be put in and we don't have to mess with it. No plan to change that one!
    I hope you enjoyed this! Let me know if you have any questions or recomendations!!! excluded it only took us about 2 hours to do this. That included stopping so that Goldie could lay HER


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  1. grassoviso
    I have set up something similar to this on my chicken coop. However, the 2" pvc pipe that I used is starting to smell funny. Is there something I can add to the water to keep the water fresh?
  2. RSmith
    It is never ceasing to amaze me how much work we put into caring for chickens, gotta love em!
  3. tsirkucp
    where did you get the rubber grommets for the nipples?
  4. breakout
  5. Beour3rd
    where do you get those nipples ?? i cant find them.
  6. chicki-vicki
    thanks so much for the visual of the nipples inside and out off the sam water system
    my hubby and carpenter friend needed something to look at - I wasnt getting the concept through to them
    thanks again --great coop
  7. Kraeuterelfe
    I like this idea!
    How is this working out inside the coop? No messy puddles under the nipples? Or is a little basin needed?
    Any cold weather experiences so far?
  8. LoveChickens123
    sounds cool for a water despenser
  9. Garrett1976
    ELECTRIC481 I use a pump and circulate the water in the system I have made. the pump I got was 50 bucks but it works great I haven't had my chickens for winter yet but it should work if not I will add a fish tank heater or a bird bath heater
  10. electric481
    Looks great, I'm ready to upgrade myself....buckets do get kinda old after a while. Here's my question. Has anybody come up with a good anti-freezing technique. In Indiana it may be +100 in the summer and 0 in the winter. My best thought so far would be heat tape that would be used for plumbing pipes. The negative there; you have to have power close, and I still didn't know if the nipple would freeze or even form icicles from the water drops. The upcoming winter will be our first with the egg makers so this is an upcoming hurdle.
  11. Dylan6
    great idea
  12. breakout
    The only way you can hook to a water supply directly is with an expensive one like this one from Farmtek;pgwr1280.html because you have to get the pressure down under 5 lbs for the nipples to work. I looked at ones for drip irrigation and they don't take it down enough. However you can run regular pressure to a float valve in a holding tank/bucket and then run a gravity fed line from there for the nipples. If you use hose it's better to use a drinking water hose like they makes for RVs. Garden/yard hoses will generally have warnings on then to not drink the water as they leach chemicals.
  13. cknkids
    Looks like this is the way for us new coop builder to go, I’m planning on it and have already ordered the nipples, screw in type. Only change I’m planning on is to replace the glue in place cap at the end with a “Slip Male Adapter” (you can search at home depot on that to see what it is) & screw on cap, this will allow me to open the line if I need to flush it out for cleaning. I may also experiment with a pressure reducer to see if I can hook it up to a water supply.
  14. sodamancer
    bought my supplies at the local feed store today. I will be adding this to my coop. Do i need 2 areas for watering BTW?
  15. breakout
    Nice! It's good that you raised them up. The right height from what I read is where the chicken has to reach up slightly to drink so the neck is more or less in a straight line. So it depends on your chickens. For my leghorns the nipples are set at 19" but for the smaller birds to drink I put a couple 4" high pavers under a couple nipples. BTW in case anyone uses the screw-in non gasket nipples the bit size to get is 11/32", using some teflon tape results in no leaks but it was a tight start. Putting the nipple into the portable drill made it work. Check out Apple cider vinegar (ACV) to keep the water fresh.
  16. Themehmeh
    My name is Amanda, I saw my name and for a split second thought *** THEYRE TALKING TO ME.'s past my bedtime.
  17. jprs
    The PVC threaded adapters are usually tapered preventing one from tightening it to create a seal as in a bulk head. I read that the electrical "grey" ones are not tapered therefore allowing it to squeeze the o-rings.
  18. micareli
    love this design.... got all of my supplies.... but even the 3/8 drill bit is too small.... will need the 7/16 or larger for the nipples i got from homesteadersupply
  19. Dukeofhawg
    Awesome documentation. Especially showing the right fittings and "O" Rings... I kept trying different ways and keep getting leaks. That's awesome thank you!
  20. schamberfarms
  21. jdeoliveira74
    how high off the ground should the nipples be??? I want to set up my coop with something like this nice job btw. I think I am going to make it so that it auto fills so I dont need to hook up the hose!
  22. dcrazychicken12

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