homemade bucket waterer

swindlechick

In the Brooder
5 Years
Apr 25, 2014
39
5
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Ok so I made a waterer by nailing some holes along the side on the bottom of a 5-gallon bucket. Then I put it in a large cake pan on top of a cinder block to keep it clean. Put the lid on and the water runs out all at once. Found a small hole along the edge that the lid didnt cover so I found a bucket that was in perfect shape and tried it I can hear the suction on the bucket, the lid is on securely, but the water just keeps on running. What can I do?
 

pawtraitart

Songster
12 Years
May 30, 2007
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Idaho
Ok so I made a waterer by nailing some holes along the side on the bottom of a 5-gallon bucket. Then I put it in a large cake pan on top of a cinder block to keep it clean. Put the lid on and the water runs out all at once. Found a small hole along the edge that the lid didnt cover so I found a bucket that was in perfect shape and tried it I can hear the suction on the bucket, the lid is on securely, but the water just keeps on running. What can I do?
You have to form a vacuum. If the water is running out, your seal isn't solid. I've done a lot of experimenting with buckets and bottles. To get a really good seal the best way is with a gasket and a lid that screws tight, not a lid that snaps into place.
 

swindlechick

In the Brooder
5 Years
Apr 25, 2014
39
5
31
Ok thanks! Anyway to make one myself or where could I buy one as cheap as possible? On a budget and raising chickens to save money. Thanks again!
 

pawtraitart

Songster
12 Years
May 30, 2007
1,726
257
241
Idaho
Ok thanks! Anyway to make one myself or where could I buy one as cheap as possible? On a budget and raising chickens to save money. Thanks again!
The buckets with screw top lids are very pricey from what I've seen. They are mostly food grade long term storage type buckets and are very very nice, but not cheap.
 

swindlechick

In the Brooder
5 Years
Apr 25, 2014
39
5
31
Thank you! I was thinkong of somwthing like this but didnt know they made horizontal ones! Now my question is will the birds know what to do?
 

K9Dave

Songster
5 Years
Apr 11, 2014
996
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141
Big Stone Gap, Va.
I just built two waterers with Nipples but didn't make it horizontal. I installed 3 on the bottom of a 5 gallon bucket for the yard and 2 onto the bottom of a 1gal OJ bottle for the coop. I hung it and them being as curious as they are, I just touched the metal end and they bit at it, water came out and they drank. That simple. Chicks are about 6 weeks old.
 

chad-o

Chirping
6 Years
Nov 4, 2013
365
36
93
I suggest that you search here on BYC and see what users say about horizontal nipples.
The best thing since sliced bread! LOL
 
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