Best automatic chicken waterer

abbyok

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May 3, 2015
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Ok. I'm looking for the best, easiest to install automatic water feeder for flock of 6. We are not handy people so a DIY is not ideal. I have a britsea waterer to attach to a small cooler in the coop - but I want something more for the run. But it does get in the 90s here - so hot water is s problem. Thx!
 

HighStreetCoop

Songster
6 Years
Aug 28, 2014
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Oakland, CA
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I have a Little Giant and the birds love it (they vastly prefer it to the nipple waterer I had before that I got rid of after the value failed and it was no longer "automatic"). It's super easy to remove and rinse out, too. One thing, they did NOT like the lid (and the lid didn't seem to do much to keep dirt and straw out anyway).

http://www.eggcartons.com/Automatic-Poultry-Founts-p/25.htm

I have it mounted in the run with one of these. Took 10 minutes to install.

http://www.eggcartons.com/New-2500-Series-Wall-Fount-Bracket-p/2500-bkt.htm

They have free stand, too

http://www.eggcartons.com/2500-Stand-For-Series-Free-Standing-Fount-Bracke-p/2500-stand.htm
 

abbyok

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May 3, 2015
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Thank you!!!!! I'll hang it in the shade, but will the chickens mind the warm water?
 

abbyok

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That's good to know! A neighbor told me they wouldn't drink warm/hot water and I needed to keep it cold. I was a bit flummoxed how to do that! Thanks for setting me straight!
 

adkhunter1590

Chirping
Apr 14, 2015
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Albany, NY
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Cheap and easy. 5 gal bucket with a lid. Drill holes in the bottom. Wrap a little plumbers tape on the nipple threads and screw into the holes. Literally took me 10 mins if that to make it this morning. I used some small tree trunks to build a place for the bucket to hang from. Bricks are piled up so the little ones can reach but once they are all big I will remove the bricks. They love it. Just drag the hose over when needed and top the bucket off. Should last awhile without refilling though. O and don't forget to drill some vent holes in the bucket so water will flow. I used a very small drill bit and made about 10 holes around the top of the bucket just below the lid. This way air gets in but foreign material stays out.
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HighStreetCoop

Songster
6 Years
Aug 28, 2014
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Oakland, CA
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That's good to know! A neighbor told me they wouldn't drink warm/hot water and I needed to keep it cold. I was a bit flummoxed how to do that! Thanks for setting me straight!

Cool is good (don't put your waterer in the full sun if you can help it), but "cold" is really not possible ... except in winter when that creates its own set of problems for many people.
 

oregonkat

Crowing
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Oct 5, 2012
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Cheap and easy. 5 gal bucket with a lid. Drill holes in the bottom. Wrap a little plumbers tape on the nipple threads and screw into the holes. Literally took me 10 mins if that to make it this morning. I used some small tree trunks to build a place for the bucket to hang from. Bricks are piled up so the little ones can reach but once they are all big I will remove the bricks. They love it. Just drag the hose over when needed and top the bucket off. Should last awhile without refilling though. O and don't forget to drill some vent holes in the bucket so water will flow. I used a very small drill bit and made about 10 holes around the top of the bucket just below the lid. This way air gets in but foreign material stays out.

Does the water then drip slowly but constantly out or is it only activated when the chicken taps the nipple? I am looking for an alternative waterer to my large 5 gallon fount. Thanks.
 

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