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Brand new Horizontial nipple water system for a really old coop! Pic Heavy

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by LoneOak, Jul 27, 2013.

  1. LoneOak

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    This is my original old coop. It was built around the same time my house was built and I know the house was built in 1935. I'm not exactly sure when they built the chicken coop but it has the same lumber as the house so it was close to the same time. Someone made a dog kennel out of it and when I bought the house it was empty for a couple years but then I decided it needed to be used and changed it back to a coop. The building is 8' x 16' with two 16' square runs off it. There are doors between every section so I can have two inside spaces and two outside spaces or open everything up and have just one large space.
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    The water system on this coop starts with a rain collection barrel I installed on the back of the coop before I put any of the auto waterers in. It has been a life send and saves me so much time and labor when it comes to watering my chickens, I empty and clean it completely once a year and add a little bleach to it after most every big rain event. The dirty water settles to the bottom and I always get clean water in my system.
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    You can see here the original water system I put in back in 2004. It is the Little Giant auto fount bowls, it has worked real well but it is really wore out and the bowls are in bad shape. There is one large bowl and one small one that I added later.
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    The large bowl is just plain dirty and will not come clean anymore and the brass pieces are corroded and just barely work.
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    The small bowl has UV damage and cracked last year, I coated the outside of the whole thing with epoxy and the covered it with masking tape, its just wore out. Grey pans are treat trays and for oyster shell.
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    I decided it was time for a change and PMed with Rich386 a couple times and decided to give the horizontal nipples he sells a try. Well let me tell you, these may be the best waterers I have seen or used and I have the little giant bowls, water nipples and water cups, 5 gal plastic and double walled galvanized, I've got em all. This is what my water system looks like now, clean, neat, compact and brand new!
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    On the side where the small bowl was there is now one horizontal nipple mounted in pvc.
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    The front side of the coop where the large bowl was now has 3 nipples that the chickens just love.
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    The girls just hung out and watched and waited while I put the system together.
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    The old system had brackets that held the bowls away from the wall and the birds would occasionally roost on them and poop in the bowls. The new system is much neater and mounted directly to the wall so there is no place for the birds to roost near them, all they can do is drink.
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    The new system was real easy to put together. The nipples have a neat tapered thread that is so easy to screw in straight especially in these pvc tees with 1/8' thread that I found, screw the nipple in hand tight and then one more turn with a pair of pliers and that's all it takes, no leaks what so ever. I do believe they would be easy to screw in most pipe or plastic buckets with the proper size hole without even using Teflon tape and there would be no leaks. Even Ms. Grouchy Bared Rock showed an interest in the nipples just after I turned on the water.
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    She decided to give it a try and get a drink, then she was hooked!
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    I'm hooked too! These horizontal nipples are jam up and work great, the birds love them, they were pecking on them before the water got turned on and you can tell when their drinking because you will hear their beaks taping clicking on the stem. The are real easy to install and don't leak. I'm convinced they will not come apart like some of the other nipples, the plastic is much tougher than the standard red nipples and should last a real long time. If they get stopped up or stuck open with debris all you would have to do is push in on the stem and flush out the debris, just in case I put screw on caps on the end of my pipes so I could flush the entire system.

    Little Ms. Rhode Island White says thank you Rich don't run out of nipples because we might be ordering some more in the near future for the new chicken tractor LoneOak is building for some of us that are special!
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  2. mysbev

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    please tell how to get this horizontal nipple water system! it looks like the best thing ever!! thanks for posting
     
  3. LoneOak

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    Quote: If you click on this link, For Sale: HORIZONTAL POULTRY WATERING NIPPLES 5 Pack FREE shipping, then send Rich386 a PM, the link is right there, He will hook you up with some of the nipple waterers. You will have to build your own system and the easiest and least expensive way to do that is with 1/2" PVC. Ask Rich all about it and if you still need more help come back here and we'll offer what advice we can.
     
  4. MelissaTXRn

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    Great set up. I have these also. Love them
     
  5. rehric00

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    I have some plastic barrels that I would like to use for catching rain water, but I have not had any time to figure out how to rig them for it. Do you have a link or instructions on how you had that set up? Looks easy to do for the most part....
     
  6. LoneOak

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    Quote: It all just came out of my brain. I built the gutter part from another piece of downspout and bought a bunch of fittings and some hose and clamps and a couple valves and made it work. Here's another picture from way back when I first put it in, if I can find it.

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    The secret to doing it like this with the barrel on its side, is finding both bung plugs with 3/4" pipe threads in the center. Usually one of the bung plugs only has a hole and doesn't have threads, they can be found though. Look for a source for food grade barrels (craig's list) in your area and when you pick it up ask for bung plugs with both having threaded centers.
     
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  7. rehric00

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    Awesome! I think I may try this (probably next year though). It would be a huge time saver!
     
  8. GoChick

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    Hi LoneOak,

    Have you gone through winter with this watering system yet? I want to do something very similar with the horizontal water nipples, but I wonder if the pipes won't freeze? Any suggestions?

    thanks!
     
  9. LoneOak

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    Quote: Where I live I don't really have to worry about real cold freezing weather. If it was going to get down low for a few days then you would need to drain the system and carry water from the house for a few days. Last winter we only had 4 nights where the temp got below freezing but that may change this year.

    I have had the same barrel for rainwater on this coop for well over 10 years now and it has never leaked. One year the pipes froze and one pooped off the fitting, when it thawed I put it back on the fitting and it still working today. That is one advantage of using the black plastic pipe with push in fittings like I have on this system. Nothing is permanently attached so it doesn't bust if it does freeze, it just comes apart.

    So my only suggestion to solve a freezing pipe problem completely is to move South![​IMG]
     
  10. wwdubose

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    Where did you find the PVC tees with the 1/8" pipe thread?
     

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