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DIY feeders and waterers

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by BlackCoffee, Aug 24, 2016.

  1. BlackCoffee

    BlackCoffee Just Hatched

    Aug 12, 2016
    Trying to go a little cheaper here with feeders and waterers by making my own, but I'm stumped on how to make a waterer! Any insight/links or anything would be appreciated. :D
    We've gotten a nipple one before, and it just leaked all the time. Any tips on that? The nipples are vertical, on the underside of a 5 gallon bucket that hangs.
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Maybe you can get something similar where you are - I have just started using these - http://www.flytesofancy.co.uk/chickenhouses/Maxi_Cup_Poultry_Drinker.html - great thing about them is that you can fix them to a water container of your choice. I have two fitted to a 100 litre plastic water drum.

    I also use vertical nipples and I've not had a problem with them. I did use some tape on the thread and glue when fixing them.

  3. tmarsh83

    tmarsh83 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 16, 2015

    Old water softener salt reservoir, couple dollars worth of PVC, and three poultry cups.

    Under the eaves, with a little hillybilly rigged gutter, and it's a rain catchment waterer.
  4. maggie3110

    maggie3110 New Egg

    Jun 30, 2016
    How do you keep the water from freezing in the winter?
  5. tmarsh83

    tmarsh83 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 16, 2015
    That is going to be trial and error. The cups aren't ideal for outside Indiana winters. A regular livestock tank heater would keep the reservoir open, but the PVC and cups may be an issue. I've considered trying heat tape, and likely will, because I have some here, but it's going to be a crap shoot.

    Worst case, I remove this for winter, and just use one of the electric dog dishes like I have in the past for the worst of winter.

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