automatic waterers?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by chicken_angler, Jul 23, 2008.

  1. chicken_angler

    chicken_angler Coop Constructist

    Jun 23, 2008
    a house
    I am currently thinking about hooking up one of those 5 gallon bucket waterers. I got the idea from a few members on this site. What my question is what do you hook up to the end for the chickens to mdrink out of? I saw those little cups but I think they are kinda expensive. Is there any other cheaper or homemade cups out there? Thanks, Chickenman8
     
  2. nccountrygirl

    nccountrygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 31, 2007
    Sanford N.C.
  3. tfpets

    tfpets Mmm, tastes like chicken

    I use the automatic waterers for dogs/cats from Tractor Supply - $16.99 each here at our store, hooks directly to a hose - they have fresh water all the time. It's way cheaper than the water cups at the feedstores, although you can put multiple lines of those in cages? (I dont have cages) I put marbles in the chick run/brooder water, so they dont drown in the bowl. It's in the background, behind the Frizzle. It mounts to all kinds of surfaces, or I like Zipties!
    The cheapest water cups I have found are $21 here at the feedstore, for the smaller ones.
    I have a deeper livestock tub with an autofiller - but accidents happen in deeper tubs - I lost a splash cochin this morning to a livestock trough. [​IMG] Watch how deep your bucket is?

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    Good luck! Simplicity is great.
     
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  4. Beer4myhorses

    Beer4myhorses Out Of The Brooder

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    Here's my waterer...posted in another thread....


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    Fountain...

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    Good luck!!
     
  5. chicken_angler

    chicken_angler Coop Constructist

    Jun 23, 2008
    a house
    Would you mind telling me where you got the waterer part the drink out of and or what it is made of? Thanks!
     
  6. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

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  7. tfpets

    tfpets Mmm, tastes like chicken

    Quote:Those red waterer cups are a standard game bird water cup they sell, online and at feed stores - the ones here that I referred to for $21 each, plus all the plastic tubing you run, pvc piping, etc. You can get them online at Cutlers supply for less plus shipping. They're pretty permanent when you install piping.

    http://www.cutlersupply.com

    Little Giant 2500 GameBird Fountain
    Miller Little Giant waters up to 200 birds per fountain. Holds up to 2 pints of water. Bowl Dimensions 6-1/2" dia, 2-1/2" deep
    $ 16.40

    Cutler also has alot of other cups and feeders for other options.


    I'll go there when my buildings are more permanent, for now, we're staying flexible.

    Mine may be "redneck", but I only put one $7 - 50' hose and one $16.99 automatic pet waterer, and they're good to go. If I need more in another area, I get another one, put a splitter on the faucet or a y at the hose end, and have another where I want it.
     
  8. Beer4myhorses

    Beer4myhorses Out Of The Brooder

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    I picked up my Little Giant from Jeffers...Cutlers has better pricing on the unit but rape you on the shipping. [​IMG]
     

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