Chicken Fountain Automatic Waterer

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  1. Mimi’s 13
    "Excellent product"
    Pros - Clean water, Easily maintained, Chickens love it
    Cons - None
    After 2 years of hauling water for the several different founts I had for my birds, I was finally able to purchase The Chicken Fountain. I got the ten nipple fountain and installed it in my new chicken run and couldn’t be more pleased. I do have a buried water line to the fountain and it is in the shade so I don’t have any problems with the water being warm. However, frozen water bottles can be placed into the main water housing to cool the water. In addition, I have on multiple occasions unscrewed the end nipple to let the water flow thereby replacing the water that was in the fountain.

    I chose to install the fountain in the middle of the run so the chickens can access BOTH sides of it. I nailed a strip of 1x6 to the fence post to hang the fountain on. I did go ahead and string some wire from the fence post to the 1x6 so they wouldn’t be tempted to roost on it. You know those crazy chickens.
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    To explain the heated fount hanging upside down: Since we don’t have many days (2 weeks max) cold enough to freeze the fountain, I choose to temporarily use a heated fount instead of insulating the Chicken Fountain on those few days. I installed a water cutoff to the fountain so I could stop the water and drain it if necessary.
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  2. WannaBeHillBilly
    "An inspiration for my fully automatic DUCK waterer"
    Pros - Fully automatic and maintenance free
    Cons - Doesn't work for my DUCKS
    I haven't used the Chicken-Fountain (and it is no longer available), but took a great part of inspiration and ideas from it to build a maintenance free waterer for my Duckies.
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  3. pfields
    "The chicken fountain works fine but...if you..."
    Pros - We've had it installed for three days and it works.
    Cons - Water gets very hot inside if not installed in the shade, lots of shade
    We bought $40 worth of tube insulation to put on our white water hose and the water still gets hot. My husband plans on burying the water hose but we don't have a place in the shade for the fountain so right now I've got an umbrella over it. It's very windy here on the coast of Texas so that's not a complete solution to keep it cool. I've been putting frozen bottles of water in the top but they melt really fast and need replaced. It works great, it's just the heat here that's causing us problems. It won't get cool here until November/December unless we have an early winter. I can't put the fountain in my coop due to the wood floor and I don't have the space for it. We don't have a run, our chickens free range on 1/2 acre fenced yard. I'm not disappointed in the fountain because it's working so far but my chickens need lots of cool water to drink and this has not been a good solution for us.

    We put double and triple pipe insulation around the garden hose and then around the fountain. That helped and then the chickens started eating the insulation on the fountain so I wrapped the insulation on the fountain with white cloth. All that with adding a frozen water bottle each day has helped reduced the water temperature. I also keep an umbrella over it during the day. We're in the middle of a heat wave but when we get some rain and the ground gets soft, we'll bury the water hose.
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  1. pfields
    It won't keep the water cool. After we first put it up for an hour or so I saw one of my chickens try it out and she ran to the other water container so I pushed the pin on the fountain and found the water to be scalding hot. I wanted to cry. That's when we wrapped the water hose and that wasn't enough so we wrapped the fountain and then covered with cloth. I still put a frozen bottle of water in the top once summer gets here. I keep several frozen in the freeze so I can change them out. I also just this past week put a plastic bin filled with water in the corner of the yard and put a frozen half gallon jug in it to keep the water cool. They can drink fast from the bin than the fountain and when it's very hot they need lots of cool water. I even put a mister out under the trees in the very backyard for them.
    If my coop had a dirt floor and I could set up the fountain there and it would/might stay cool. We have a water well so I need multiple sources of water in case the well stops for some reason.
  2. SunnySideUpGUAM
    What makes it so much different from all the other nipple pvc waterers? Can it be replicated or DIYed?
  3. SunnySideUpGUAM
    What makes it so much different from all the other nipple pvc waterers? Can it be replicated or DIYed?
  4. SunnySideUpGUAM
    Thank you so much for this review. I read in an ad for this product, that it keeps water cool but I live where it's hot most of the year and wasn't sure about how it would work out. I get hot water from my hose if it's been in the sun for just a short time, so I didn't see how the fountain could fix that. I really still want to try it though.
  5. Chickenteacher
    Two weeks in, and the girls couldn't be happier. We have added zip ties to the arms to assist in keeping the unit level as the girls tend to want to roost there.... So far I've noticed a $6 reduction in water bill but that doesn't include a whole month...Girls seem well-hydrated and I am pleased!
  6. critterkeeper25
    My husband built something similar to this. He used a 5 gal bucket with a toilet flushing mechanism in it and gravity feeds the water into the pvc pipe that has nipple waterers installed into it. The only problem we had with it was that we failed to drain the system when the temps got to freezing. The pvc pipe ruptured. This system cannot be used in freezing temps. At least ours couldn't be. We now have a galvanized waterer out in the run and it sits on a home made heater consisting of a cinder block and a 40w bulb.

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