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Auto Waterer

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by OffSpring, Oct 30, 2007.

  1. OffSpring

    OffSpring Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi everyone!

    I want to start using an automatic waterer to save me from constantly filling up the waterer and also ensure my feathered friends have enough water when I am out.

    I did see a link somehwhere on here pointing to this website:

    http://www.nifty-stuff.com/chicken-automatic-waterer-feeder.php

    On the above link there is a very nice compact device designed for dogs called the Never Dry Auto-Wata from wall mart... And it's only about $12!

    However I can't find anything like this in the UK!

    So basically I just want to hook my garden hose up to an automatic waterer of some kind. I don't mind building it from scratch if it's straight forward and cheap to make.

    Surely I can't be the only one in this position! Can anyone help me?

    Thanks!
     
  2. greginshasta

    greginshasta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My first impression of that waterer is that the birds will make a mess of it.

    Have a look at this one.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=14981

    Your post made me scream. I had the nighbor kid dig a trench this weekend to pull power from the greenhouse to the new coop, and I proceeded to fill it back in without dropping in a piece of PVC irrigation pipe. Bummed I tell ya - I'm bummed. That trench will be re-opened next year almost certainly.
     
  3. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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  4. OffSpring

    OffSpring Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for your replies...

    But I really want an auto water system that is connected straight to the garden tap via a hose, so that I don't have to worry about checking a tank attached to a gravity drinker.

    Does anyone have any ideas as to where I could buy one here in the UK?

    Or as I said in my previous post I don't mind making one if it is straightforward and the parts are pretty cheap.

    I can't believe that there isn't a market for this product here!

    There are hundreds of thousands of chicken keepers accross the country and obviously they must all manually check their drinkers all day long (like I do)...
     
  5. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    Won't the red hanging ones connect to a hose? The ones right below the blue water heater on that page? The ones that are sold here are a different style, but can be hooked up to either a faucet/garden tap or a water tank, as you choose.
     
  6. First-time-raising

    First-time-raising Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes the one that is in the link that greginshasta posted is fully automatic just make sure you hang it high enough so that the chicken don't make a mess of it, Because of the open design of it, Its easy for them to mess up.
     
  7. allen wranch

    allen wranch Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    It may be on another site, but I saw a good design using a PVC pipe. It was attached to the side of a wall or fence.

    The top third or half is cut off leaving a trough. Attach an adapter at one end that fits onto a hose. At the other end put a removal cap. Install a regular livestock float to keep the water level constant. When you need to clean it, take off the end cap and run the hose through it.
     
  8. PickledEgg

    PickledEgg New Egg

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    I found a site in UK that has what appears to be a nifty watering system. I emailed them but have not gotten a reply. Their site is:

    http://www.bec.uk.com/indexmcd.html

    or http://www.bec.uk.com/

    If anyone contacts them and has information on whether they sell small quantities and/or ship to the USA. please let us know.
     
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2009
  9. Dr.Doorlock

    Dr.Doorlock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:This was possibly my invention. You can see it and my gravity fed feeder at my BYC page:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=17397

    And more aboout it at my personal page link below. I agree with you about not taking chances with water, especially since I'm in an arid area. Even though it holds three to four days water, I still clean it every day.
     
  10. allen wranch

    allen wranch Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Good design, but the one I saw was mounted horizontal along the side of the coop.
     

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