Harleena's Laundry Bucket Waterer

By Harleena · Jan 11, 2012 · Updated Oct 10, 2015 · ·
  1. Harleena
    Laundry Bucket Waterer

    We've been using this waterer for a few months now, and I love that the water stays clean!

    Materials used:
    laundry soap bucket with lid [recycled]
    nipple waterers from FarmTek.com [$2 each, plus shipping] (also at my local feed store);
    PVC pipe & fittings & glue [$5?]
    rubber washers & silicone sealant
    bricks & some wire

    First, I drilled a hole in the bottom of the bucket for the PVC fitting. The threaded end gets a washer on it and then goes inside the bucket (washer not pictured).

    The other end inside gets a washer and another fitting screwed on. I like that the PVC fitting is raised up from the floor of the bucket to keep out any sediment that might get in.

    I drilled holes in the PVC pipe for the water nipples and screwed them in. Then I glued a cap on the end of the line. I tested them with water and they leaked, so I put silicone sealant around the base of each one.

    I attached the nippler pipe to the bucket using other PVC fittings and glue. (This was like a puzzle at the supply store!) I can unscrew the nippler pipe from the line to clean it out, if necessary.

    I carefully put the nippler line through the cage wire and then set the bucket on top of two bricks placed on their sides to leave room for the PVC pipe underneath. This, on top of two cinder blocks, seems to be a good height for the hens. (When I get a picture of the hens using the waterer, I'll post it.) I used wire to hold up the end of the nippler line in case someone decided to perch on it.

    I just fill the bucket with a hose, put the lid on, and my hens have a clean supply of water! You can also add a small block of ice to the bucket in the hot summer months.

    Happy building!
    [​IMG] Harleena :)

    UPDATE: I've installed a toilet float valve into the upper side of the bucket so that I can hook it up to a water line. I'm still using this waterer, but have yet to hook it up to a water line. I get some wetness on the ground, but not enough to make a mud mess. I recently purchased a dark blue 5 gallon bucket from Lowe's to use instead because the light colored bucket allows for green algae to grow inside. It isn't bad, just unsightly, and I don't want any to clog up the nipple valves.

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  1. Lisa Wood
    I am new chicken Mom. We are trying our best to get ten chicks into new coop tomorrow! They are slmost 3 weeks old, and trying to take over the room they are in my house. I already KNOW the plastic waterer we now have will do nothing but irritate me, so i am showing my husband thd plumber this one! Thanks!
  2. Harleena
    I hope this helped you all. I updated a couple of things but nothing major. I like the rain water catch idea from bwalden, (but here in SoCal we're lucky to get any rain!). I have a free range rabbit and duck who also use this waterer -from the outside- which is convenient!
  3. Tatianna
    I wish my mind worked like this! Thank You so much for posting this. I think I can do this.
  4. KKs Kandies
    great idea, well done! only way it could be simpler is if you come here and put mine up for me lol
  5. jimmywalt
    Looks like I need the following parts from Menards. I already have the 1/2" PVC pipe.
    (2) 1/2" Male adapters, (2) 1/2" 90 degree female elbow, (1) 1/2" cap.
    I'll install it like this (which is what I think you did) - Male adapter through bottom of bucket from the inside, screw into 90 degree female elbow, add 1/2" piece of pvc to get to inside of coop area, 90 degree female elbow, male adapter with 1/2" piece of pvc that will hold the nipples, cap.
    Seems pretty simple!!! Thanks for posting and for the pictures too!
  6. jimmywalt
    This is very nice! I'm going to build this one for my chickens. Thank you for posting. Also loved the idea of unscrewing to clean out.
  7. Southern Chickens
    I found these nipples on Ebay, super cheap. They took some time to get here, but much cheaper. I got 10 for less than $4.00 with free shipping. If you're like me, you're on a budget!
  8. Southern Chickens
    You've inspired me!! I love that you can unscrew for cleaning, very smart! Thanks!
  9. tjbeckman
    Very nice! This is exactly what I needed! I am going to be building this very soon!
  10. Yukonchick
    awesome. I'm gonna build that one
  11. Lance
  12. bwalden
    Look pretty good. I used this idea but kind of enlarged it a bit. I got a 50 gallon plastic barrel and ran my pipe out of it. I had the idea of trying to catch rain and use it like that (free water). I have ended up filling it with a water hose for now because we havent had enough rain here to fill it yet. Thanks!
  13. BOrion
    Ok, I'm new to chickens. So....do the chicks actually suck, push, bump? the nipple to get water? Do they get enough water using this system?
  14. Attila the Honey
    I like your system better than the rest I have seen. It is exactly what I was looking for in a waterer.
  15. rsf31tmp
    Love it! Thanks

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