My brilliant husband made this for me. I guess we spent $20 for the whole apparatus. Works like a dream. We had a bunch of pvc pipe lying around. Bought the nipple waterers from Farmtek, the bucket and valves from Lowes. Propped it up on cinderblocks just at the right height for gravity/pressure to force water down into the nipples. It took my 4 chickens all of about 10 minutes to figure it out. They like to peck at shiny things and the stainless steel 360 degree nipples were just shiny enough.
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The bucket has a ball valve underneath it so I can flush out the bucket for cleaning, but it sits about 1" above the water level which helps keep sediment out of the pipe.
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There is a second ball valve in the pvc that leads to the chicken run. This is so I can shut off the water to the pvc with the nipples (without emptying the bucket) if it ever gets clogged or needs cleaning.
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