Quick and easy 5 gallon waterer

By RonP · Apr 1, 2015 · ·
  1. RonP
    Had to leave for a few days, needed a quick and easy way for the flock to have extra water.

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  1. casportpony
    "Great Idea"
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Sep 26, 2018
    Love the pictures. I'm a visual person so something like this with the direction in the pictures is perfect for me.
  2. ronott1
    "Good article"
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Aug 2, 2018
    Good idea
  3. The Farmers' Daughter
    "Nifty idea"
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Jul 23, 2018
    What any easy way to make a waterer.

    The only thing I'd suggest is to make sure the edges on the hole a smoothed to prevent injury.


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  1. Betts Family Farm
    Thank you for sharing this! I have been looking for an adaption to the five gallon bottle for quite some time.
  2. RonP
    The water bottle sits on top of the tube acting as a spacer, keeping the water bottle off the bottom of the pail. The water bottle has a small opening. Once inverted, it takes a few seconds to fill the bottom of the pail, more than sufficient time to avoid any spillage.

    I have not tried with smaller bottles since there is no need to fill the 5 gallon bottle completely.

    Hope this helps!
  3. Eelantha
    What a wonderful idea! Question though: how do you fit the water bottle into the tube inside the pail without losing copious amounts of water in the process? Do you install the pail over the bottle, then flip it upside-down?

    Have you tried this idea of yours on smaller water bottle models, like 1-3 gallon bottles? I'm asking because I almost always topple over when I try to raise the 5 gallon bottle, and have to roll it around for transport instead...
  4. EggSighted4Life
    That pretty cool. At first I wondered why the replacement handle. But I'm thinking it's to carry while the jug is in place. Issue with my 5 gal hanging 1's is having it at the right height for different birds, but also the weight when full full is warping the bucket and eventually that handle attachment will fail. So this won't fill itself via the rain, which wasn't your intention. Only thing I might suggest is another head hole for your ladies. Did you need to sand the plastic a little to smooth the edges? Good job, keeping it simple and being creative. :thumbsup
    1. RonP
      Actually, the single hole seems sufficient for my 12 or so birds. They don’t line up waiting.
      The replacement handle is so I could lift the bucket with the water in it as you guessed.
      Any plastic shavings remaining after cutting the whole really aren’t sharp, I remember simply rubbing them off with my fingers.
  5. vajjslayer09
    i love this idea lol
  6. jchny2000
    Love this! Already have all the parts too!
  7. Cluckies
  8. RonP
    The water bottle holds it in place :). The glue stops it from potentially moving. I first built this while my companions were waiting in the car...It worked as designed. I later glued the piece of pipe in the bucket so I had less parts to lose...
  9. Leahs Mom
    So...the pipe glued down there holds it in place basically?
  10. Leahs Mom

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