Better way to water... Help!!!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by NHchickenflock, Sep 19, 2014.

  1. NHchickenflock

    NHchickenflock In the Brooder

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    So my coop is about 200' from my house. I have 40 laying hens in there with 2 of the 3.5 gal waterers you get at tractor supply....
    I am carrying 1 gal jugs of water every night and it's not fun....
    I am looking for a higher volume system idea that I could fill maybe once a week....
    Any ideas?
    I do have power out there but no running water.....
     

  2. HighStreetCoop

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    Rain barrel hooked up to a nipple system?
     
  3. NHchickenflock

    NHchickenflock In the Brooder

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    Is the pressure in the system too much for the nipples in a 55 gal barrel?
     
  4. HighStreetCoop

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    I've never tried it myself, but I don't see why a passive pressure system would be overwhelmed. But I'm sure there are plenty of people using rain barrel set-ups. When I google "rain barrel automatic chicken waterer", I get a ton of hits. Everything from videos to pintrest to survivalist blogs.
     

  5. CrazyTalk

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    The size of the barrel doesn't matter -it's the height of the top of the water to the height of the nipple that matters - and unless you're talking about putting the barrel on the roof of a nearby building, you're not going to have too much pressure.

    My barrel is about 6 feet above the nipples - works fine.
     
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  6. NHchickenflock

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    Do you have any pictures CrazyTalk?
    Can anything be done for freeze protection?
     

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