How do I use the 5 gallon bucket for water

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by camaro10, Jun 7, 2010.

  1. camaro10

    camaro10 In the Brooder

    May 1, 2010
    Bucksport, Maine
    Can someone explain to me how I go about setting up the 5 gallon bucket for water? Also do I place the feeder and water outside or inside the coop. I just put them outside in the coop yesterday. Any other suggestions for a watering system?
  2. bakerjw

    bakerjw Songster

    Apr 14, 2010
    Johnson City, Tn
    Go do a search for poultry nipples. They are small devices that you can screw into the bottom of a 5 gallon bucket. It makes for much easier watering once the chickens learn to use them.

    I leave my water in the coop. They know where it's at and it's always filled.
  3. downstownlady

    downstownlady Songster

    Apr 28, 2010
    Conroe, TX
  4. Cheap and fast you can invert any bucket into any bigger container.
    Oil drainage pan from auto supply store, or even a dishpan will work as long as it is larger by a couple inches all around then the 'bucket' is.
    I used a plastic bucket in which I poked holes down from the open top as deep as I wanted the water to be. I used a hot nail awl.
    Five gallons is a little big for me as you fill it by filling the bucket, putting the pan over the top, and turning it upside down, or right side up depending on how you think of it.
    The water will then bubble out of the bucket into the pan until the water level reaches to the holes.
  5. foxinachickenhouse

    foxinachickenhouse Songster

    Apr 8, 2010
    I used a bucket with a lid. Drilled 1 hole, 1 inch diameter (big enough to feed garden hose through) about 1 inch from bottom of bucket. The pan is 4 inches deep. An oil pan or galvanized feed pan or whatever. Simply invert bucket to fill through hole with hose and flip bucket into pan. The lid has to be air tight for this to work. Works great though!

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