Has anyone tried using nipple waterers with a garden hose?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by onthespot, May 15, 2011.

  1. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

    Mar 29, 2008
    Riverside/Norco, CA
    I have a lot of pens, and two rows back up to each other. I have been wanting to put nipple waterers in, but the thought of dealing with long PVC, cutting and fitting it, and making it go to all the pens, with angles, T's, zig zags, I can just imagine the hassle and never put them up. The other day I had a lighgtbulb float over my head (BLINK!) and I though I could just zip tie some old garden hose to the chain link, cut with a knife, split with a cheapo plastic fitting, screw a shut off valve on the end for flushing, viola! Was wondering if anyone else had tried it. Anyone?
  2. FarmerRob

    FarmerRob Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 13, 2007
    Haven't heard of that but let us know how it works for you. I am GUESSING the larger diameter hoses would work best.
  3. colonel sander

    colonel sander Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2011
    Vancouver, WA
    I thought of that but figured a garden hose would be to much pressure. I read people having issues with leaks just from to much pressure with a 5 gallon bucket.
  4. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

    Mar 29, 2008
    Riverside/Norco, CA
    I was thinking to run a garden hose from a five or ten gallon container. Cut a hole in the barrel near the bottom, and run the hose in there, silicone around it, secure it "however" lol. and run that hose along the pens. I think I will try it first with a jacked up old hunk of old hose that is lying back by the shed, just to see if the theory works.
  5. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    The advantage to using PVC is the holes for the nipples are precise and won't leak like they will with a softer type of hose.

    There is no reason , though, that you couldn't use hose to make the turns and use PVC only for the nipples.

    You would just have to put "hose barbs" on the ends of the PVC sections
  6. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

    Aug 20, 2010
    Hoses are generally too soft and will begin to leak pretty quickly. I predict that it won't work well.
  7. joan1708

    joan1708 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2011
    DFW - mid cities, Tx
    I've seen videos on you tube showing PVC pipe fittings attached to a 5 galleon bucket with a garden hose fitting. I wonder if there is a way to keep it from freezing in the winter.
  8. ChooksinChoppers

    ChooksinChoppers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 24, 2011
    Ocala, Florida.
    Quote:This sounds like a doable solution to me [​IMG]

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