anyone thought or have plumbing in their coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by KaoticKritters, Nov 25, 2007.

  1. KaoticKritters

    KaoticKritters In the Brooder

    Nov 21, 2007
    thought I would try to plumb my coops for so kind of self waters ? but really don't know about the idea or if would even be any good anyone have any suggestions on this Thnks
  2. ZuniBee

    ZuniBee Songster

    May 8, 2007
    Zuni, Virginia
    I have my coops with automatic waterers from eNasco. I have them outside and inside the coop. It works great; however, one night my son came home and saw water pouring out of the coop. The birds had pushed it over so it kept flowing. Lesson learned, I braced the pipe all the way down to the top of the bowl. No more problems.

    It sure beats filling water containers every day.
  3. Rafter 7 Paint Horses

    Rafter 7 Paint Horses Songster

    Jan 13, 2007
    East Texas
    I have water facets in 3 of my largest coops and in one brooder room.
    It sure beats hauling water!! I have used automatic waterers, but haven't found the one I want to keep using yet. My problem is cleaning them out. It is a pain to disconnect them every day to clean out, so I now use large pans and just pick them up and dump them and wash out every day. In the brooder room, I use 3 and 5 gallon waterers, so I just pick them up and take them outside to clean, but I don't have to carry them full of water back into the brooder room, I can just fill them inside, which is really nice.

    I don't know who it was, but I remember a member had auto waterers and they had installed drains when building the coop and had the waterers (connected with a short hose) sitting on top of the drains, so all they had to do was pick the waterer up, dump it down the drain, let the water flow fill up and rinse it out again and set it back down. I really liked that idea, but all my coops are very old (around 40 years), and so installing drains is just not an option.

    I think the pictures were posted on the BYC ezboard forum.

  4. I will get plumbing to my coop this Spring!

    We are running ditches through our backyard this Spring for sprinklers, drip systems, and drainage pipes and my DH (a plumber) told me he will run water out to my coop for me!
  5. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I'd love to have a hydrant even somewhere close so I didn't have to mess with stringing hoses when it's warm and carrying when it's cold.
  6. chickbea

    chickbea Songster

    Jan 18, 2007
    Eeee - that is one of my dreams! However, it took a lot of nagging to get my husband to finally run electricity out there, so I fear that running water in the coop is a long way in the future for me...[​IMG]
  7. Motel Chix

    Motel Chix In the Brooder

    Nov 19, 2007
    Central Indiana
    I would never go back to carrying water. I had chickens when I was young and never forgot the cold winters carrying water.
    When I decided this year to get chickens again I ran a hydrant next to the coop and installed a wall mount auto fill pet water bowl, with a flex pipe similar to a washing machine hose.
    I drilled a 1" hole in the bottom of the auto fill pet bowl and installed a PVC ball-valve under the bowl and plumbed it out the side wall of the coop. If I want to clean the bowl I just open the valve and fresh water rinses it out and down the drain. I Installed Frostex Heat Tape (safe for plastic pipe)around the bottom of the bowl and fill tank, down the water hose & out around the Hydrant head and down about 12" below the ground. I wrapped everything with water pipe insulation. I have installed this type of set up for farmers and Horse buckets.
    It sounds complicated but it only took about 3 hrs to hook everything up. If you have a problem you can still shut off the hydrant and repair.
    Good Luck !

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