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automatic heated water system????

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by kkowa, Aug 24, 2013.

  1. kkowa

    kkowa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am building an 3 story breeding cage and I am just wondering what is the best automatic water design for this? It needs to be heated in the winter this is permanent caging for these birds it will have plenty of floor space but I am stuck on how to get it automatic and heated and I want one system but to go to all three cages with little supply cost? if anyone has any ideas please let me know!
    thank you
     
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  2. thriftyfarmer

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    Hey kkowa,

    You might try a pipe system wrapped in heat tape. Essentially you can use a nipple drinker system that supplies the water via Pex pipe (or other tubing/pipe) and then wrap it in heat tape for winter use. I've never used it for chickens, but I have used it for my water in a shack I once lived in. Pipes were exposed to elements and they never froze. The shower p-trap on the other hand... it froze (no heat tape there).

    Wikipedia on Heat Tape

    Heat Tape on Amazon

    The other option is to have a system that is drainable and use water crocks in the winter. Chickens don't drink much water so getting them fresh water twice a day in open crocks would be sufficient.

    Watering Crocks on Amazon (designed for dogs and cats, but they work great for chickens also.)

    How many chickens total?

    Anyone have experience with heat tape and watering chickens?
     
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  3. kkowa

    kkowa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it will be watering 6 bantams but they are not located on my premise so I will not be getting out there everyday
     
  4. chfite

    chfite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A reservoir, heated, feeding a piped nipple system with a circulating pump to keep the water moving from the heated supply to the nipple and returning to the reservoir. Insulation or heat tape as needed. A small fountain pump should work.

    Chris
     
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  5. thriftyfarmer

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  6. kkowa

    kkowa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok thank you
     
  7. wyododge

    wyododge Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you use pipe and the power goes out, you will lose your entire system. You can view our system on my page. Essentially a 160 gallon Polly tank in insulated box with tank heater, submersable pump, self draining water line to five gallon bucket with nipples and bird bath heater. If power goes out, the bucket will freeze, but thaw quickly once power comes back. Works at a constant -30F with no issues at all. I wired the pump outlet to a light switch, to fill the bucket, flip a switch. 160 gallons lasted 3 months with 24 birds.
     
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  8. LoneOak

    LoneOak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote: How do I get to your page? A link would be nice.
     
  9. thriftyfarmer

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  10. Christine1102

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    Where is your page? I would like to see the watering system you are talking about
     

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