Auto waterer project - $4.99

krazymike

Hatching
5 Years
Apr 1, 2014
6
0
7
I know people are looking for project ideas for their birds, so I figured I'd share this simple one I just did. $4.99 out-of-pocket for an automatic waterer? Not to shabby.

I was in Cackle Hatchery a week or so ago, and they had these "Poultry Watering Nipples" for $4.99. (Apparently, they're $5.99 online)




I decided to make my own bucket watering system I've seen for $30+ on various sites. I drilled four holes, and threaded them through. The only real issue I had was the bit. It needs a 21/64, which I was able to get in a drill set @ Jacob's Cave for $18. Once those holes were done and the nipples were hand-tight, a 5/8 socket tightened them up. They have a washer on them already, so no silicone was needed. No leaks, and the girls are loving it.

 

ShockValue

Songster
10 Years
Jan 10, 2010
730
114
178
West Sound, Washington
Agreed. I was changing water 2-4x a day (chicks). Not because they drank it all, but because it would always get mucked up.

A 1 gallon bucket in a brooder with these nipples last longer than my cleaning schedule.. So it gets washed and refilled long before it's empty.
 

DeannaMari

Chirping
6 Years
Mar 3, 2013
153
5
81
We've done this with our chickens as well. We used a bucket for the chicks hung in the outside run of theirs, and then in the big hen coop we had a pvc pipe connected to a 200 gallon tank of water, it had the same nipples hooked up. Basically to teach them how to use it, we pick a few of the hens, maybe 1 alpha and 1 on the bottom of the food chain, and show them how to use it. If you teach a few to use it, the others will pick it up sooner or later.

EDIT: Now, to get DUCKS to use it. That's another story.
 
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jammzb

In the Brooder
5 Years
Apr 7, 2014
14
0
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how far off the ground are the nipples? I plan on hanging my bucket from under the coop and wondering how high it should be. I have 2 sexlinks and 2 Rhode Islands.
 

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