Help with DIY waterer

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Arky Guy, Apr 7, 2016.

  1. Arky Guy

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    Hello All,
    I recently finished my brooder, and decided to build a gravity waterer to minimize opening up the top. As you can see in the pictures, it is a 5 gallon bucket connected to a ball valve that feeds a hose and 1/2" pvc pipe, which I put into a 3" pvc pipe. The opening in the 1/2" pvc sits on the bottom of the 3" pipe. I thought I had it working, but after a couple of hours it starts to seep out of the holes I cut for the chicks to stick their heads in. With that being said, is there a flaw in my design, or am I missing the concept of a gravity waterer? The only thing I can come up with is maybe my bucket is not completely sealed. Hopefully someone smarter than me can steer me in the right direction. Thanks for any help![​IMG]
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  2. Arky Guy

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  3. Tika75

    Tika75 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't think your bucket is sealing completely. We have one where the bucket sits in a pan. If the top isn't sealed all the way it overflows. I can't tell on my phone but does the lid have a smaller opening? Try pushing it in and maybe twisting it a bit.
     
  4. flyin-lowe

    flyin-lowe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Someone smarter then me will know the science, but I think if your bucket is not air tight then it will overflow. I have a 5 gallon water jug/cooler in my house. One year it started leaking. I thought the cooler was bad, turns out the bottle had a hairline crack in it, which allowed air in so the water was constantly seeping out. I used one of those 5 gallon jugs and added two cup waterers to it. When I first sealed the lid on tight the waterers would not work correctly. I popped the lid off and they worked fine.
     
  5. Arky Guy

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    It has a smaller hole that has a plug and a screw on cap. I also think it must not be sealed. The lid has a gasket, but I may caulk it too. Would rather do that than waste another bucket.
     
  6. Tika75

    Tika75 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would check the smaller screw on cap and plug first. We have found it is easier to refill ours through the smaller cap with the water house than fight the main lid. [​IMG] If you won't use the smaller cap you might be able to purchase just the lid from a farm supply that doesn't have that or seal it off somehow.
     
  7. RonP

    RonP Chillin' With My Peeps

    If that bucket is not absolutely air tight, your system will empty of water, replaced with air.

    I would replace the PVC tube with a tube that has horizontal nipples installed.
     

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