DIY feeders and waterers

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

  1. BlackCoffee

    BlackCoffee Just Hatched

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    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

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    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.

    CT
     
  3. tmarsh83

    tmarsh83 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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

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    How do you keep the water from freezing in the winter?
     
  5. tmarsh83

    tmarsh83 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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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