1. Come check out hundreds of awesome coop pages (and a few that need suggestions) in our 2018 Coop Rating Project!

The Chicken Stick Auto-Watering device using Solway Horizontal Nipples

By ClovisMan · Mar 27, 2014 ·
  1. ClovisMan
    The Auto Chicken Water Stick - The Parts List:
    Home Depot
    Qty 1 - 2ft Stick of 1 inch PVC Part Number 61194211256 $1.88
    Qty 1 - 1in PVC Cap Part Number 049081136826 $0.53
    Qty 1 - 1in x 3/4in Reducing Female Adapter Part Number 049081130589 $0.86
    Qty 1 - 3/4in MNPTxFHT PVC Swivel Part Number 046878533646 $1.86
    Qty 4 - Solway Horizontal Chicken Nipples from eBay $2.05 ea $8.40
    Each nipple will water 7-8 chickens so this stick is for 28-32 chickens.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/10-HORIZONT...054?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item338bfeed76

    You will also need some teflon pipe tape and your favorite PVC glue. I use the new all-in-one spray stuff.
    [​IMG]
    This is the Female Hose Adapter.
    [​IMG]
    This is the 1 inch to 3/4 Female Reducing Adapter.
    [​IMG]
    The 1 inch cap end.
    [​IMG]
    The Solway Water Nipple.
    [​IMG]

    Now take a marker and mark your holes on the 1 inch pipe. I put them at 3-8-13-18. I also take advantage of the print to make sure they are straight. :)
    [​IMG]

    Next drill pilot holes over your marks. I use a small 1/8 drill bit for this.
    [​IMG]

    Next drill the holes out to 3/8.
    [​IMG]

    Clean the holes up with a rasp, file, or in my case a pocket knife. Also blow/clean out all the shavings from the PVC.
    [​IMG]

    Now you are ready to glue the cap on one end and the female threaded adapter on the other.
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    Let the glue dry. The spray sets up pretty good in about 10 minutes. Put teflon tape on the thread of the hose adapter and thread into the female adapter.
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    Thread the chicken nipples into the holes on the PVC. Make sure your thread all the way flush or they will leak.
    [​IMG]

    Here it is when its done.
    [​IMG]

    Now just connect it to your favorite watersource. Mine happens to be a rain barrel, but you can also connect it directly to your water hose if you add a low pressure valve to your hose bib.
    [​IMG]
    I use a 7 foot leader hose to connect to my rain barrel.
    [​IMG]

    Share This Article

Comments

To make a comment simply sign up and become a member!

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by