Automatic waterer

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ssteiner, Dec 9, 2008.

  1. ssteiner

    ssteiner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I was at the feed store today and I saw an automatic waterer. It just so happens that my run happens to be near a hose spigot. So, I hooked it up. I'm just wondering if people have any experience with this device. It seems pretty handy. I'm in southern California, so no danger of ice. Thanks.

    -Scott
     
  2. wendy

    wendy On the Hill

    Jun 14, 2007
    central louisiana
    we have one, it sits on a two cinder blocks that are side by side. it is handy! less buckets to carry around, we have goats and a donkey, so we have to have buckets for them.
    the other morning there was a thin layer of ice on the top and i wrapped the hose going to the waterer with newspaper, some other material and duct tape. The next morning, no ice at all!
     
  3. FutureChickenMan

    FutureChickenMan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if it's the big bowl kind, the only advice I have is make sure to cover it with wire if you have chicks.
     
  4. waldeneffect

    waldeneffect Out Of The Brooder

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    I have recently come up with a solution that has solved the problem without electricity.

    Chickens don't drink water at night, they roost and sleep.

    I visit my chickens anyway every morning, so why not make the container easy to carry so I can take it in at night when it's below freezing?

    If I take it in at night it's got to be clean.

    My chickens will never drink dirty water again.

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    On really cold days I just simply replace the frozen container with a fresh one that has warm water in it a couple of times a day depending on how cold it is.

    You can easily rig up a light bulb to warm it if you live in really cold climates.

    I sell them at my farm blog for cheap....there's even a do it yourself kit.

    http://www.waldeneffect.org/store/
     

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