Perfect waterer for cold weather

By gypsyschixs95 · Mar 3, 2013 · Updated Mar 3, 2013 · ·
  1. gypsyschixs95
    My DH designed this system from similar systems on this site. Thank you BC of all the idea's. I live in South Dakota and was tired of filling buckets and breaking ice. Our system is inside but the building is not insulated, yet. It has been -40 and still kept working this winter. So I wanted to recommend this to anyone else looking for a winter option.
    Need a 55 gallon drum.
    A pond pump that does atleast 1300 gallons an hour
    a livestock tank heater.
    pvc pipe and joints
    Chicken nipples (from qvc supply)

    there is also a spigot for flushing or for filling a bucket. the tubing on the side of the barrel allows me to check the fill of the barrel .
    we added a gutter under this later on to catch stray drips
    The system is also routed through my brooder for my little ones.

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  1. ronott1
    "good article"
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Aug 30, 2018
    The article needs more pictures of the steps in the build and more build details
  2. karenerwin
    "Need more info on how to build it"
    2/5, 2 out of 5, reviewed Jul 30, 2018
    I was really excited to learn how to build this, but you didn't go into enough detail for me to know what to do with all the parts!
  3. Anonymous
    "Nice idea but not enough info."
    2/5, 2 out of 5, reviewed Jul 23, 2018
    Page would have been better with more how to information.


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  1. TheAmundsons
    I would love instructions on how to build this! We also live in SD and are looking for a good winter water solution!
  2. dennymeyrand
    I'm doing something similar with my coop, but am adding a trough heater for the winter months and plumbing it with a float so it will fill on it's own. I haven't built it yet, but will post the instructions when I do.
  3. gypsyschixs95
    i have about 30 full grown chickens and so far through the winter months i can usually go for 3 to 4 weeks before i have to refill it
  4. raygirl4386
    this would also be great for summer travel so you dont have to worry about water while you are gone.
  5. gypsyschixs95
    sure give me a couple of days to check with my husband and get a more detailed plan on how he did it.
  6. Marty1876
    Can you explain the plain, like step by step how to build, and supplies needed? I like it, but I feel a little intimidated.

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