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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by fowler_chick, Sep 28, 2009.

  1. fowler_chick

    fowler_chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    just wondering if i can make a waterer for my hens out of a 5 gal bucket? has any one tried it before?
     
  2. randomchick

    randomchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes you can. I use a planter base under the bucket. Just make sure the holes are below the line of the rim of the planter base.
    Mine works great
     
  3. fowler_chick

    fowler_chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    do you have a pic of it?
     
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    randomchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't have the camera at home (at husbands job site) right now. But for now I will try to describe it. I took the bucket and made sure there were no holes or cracks on the bottom (very important). I made 3 small holes along the open edge rim, you can also just saw little triangle wedges off the rim. Make sure the holes/wedges are shorter than the rim of your planter base. I use plastic planter bases that look like a plate with an edge. Then I fill the bucket with water and hold the base on top, then flip it over onto the floor. I place a brick on top of the bucket so chickens can't knock it over, and voila! a very cheep waterer. I use it outside, as inside the cook we have an automated drip.
     

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