Learn from my mistakes.

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ridgefire, Jan 24, 2010.

  1. ridgefire

    ridgefire Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 8, 2008
    Northern Michigan
    Well I redid my coop this summer. That included running a water line inside the coop to run auto watering system. Well its winter here in Northern Michigan, so the auto water system doesn't work due to freezing. So I unhooked the water system and just left the water line with a hose spigot in the coop. I would use it to fill the buckets everyday for them. Well little did I know the little turds I have living in the coop get bored easily and like to investigate things. So I do my nightly check on them, fill their bucket of water, talk to them, tell them how sweet and pretty they are. (Yes I talk to my birds) Well I didn't have treats for them so I could tell they were a bit upset with me. But I shut the coop door behind and went in the house for the night. Around 8pm I went to use the sink in the house and I had very little water pressure. I was ok, I checked the faucet didn't see anything wrong with it. I checked the bathroom sink no pressure there.. I was like great, I either have a broken water line or its starting freeze under the house. So I get dressed go outside to crawlspace access did that out. All I could find was a small little flashlight that the batteries were dying on. I proceeded under the house and investigate this loss of water pressure. I can hear the well pump running, I crawl my way all the way up to the front of the house where the pump and pressure tank is located. I dont find any water leaks and the heat tape on the lines is all plugged in and seems to be working. So I work my way back out from under the house and I remembered I had a better flashlight out in the barn. I open the barn door and all I could hear is water running. I was like crap the water line burst. I turn the lights back on in the coop and there it was they somehow turned the spicket on. There was like 3 inches of water through the entire coop. The ducks were just having a field day splashing around in the water. So there is my story don't trust your birds around a hose spigot unless you want a flooded coop.
  2. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 20, 2009
    Orange County, NY
  3. Manok-Tao

    Manok-Tao Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 6, 2010
    W-S NC
    I hate that you went through that; but there is a bit of comedy....don't put your birds to bed without treats...lol
  4. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    [​IMG] What stinkers!
  5. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Lorddddddddddddddddddddd they do get into *everything*.

    This is our water box, insulated where it emerges from the floor. Valve is *in* the box, spigot is made from pex and emerges from side.
    You'd have to modify depending on your needs but there might be a germ of useful info here-


  6. baldie

    baldie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 25, 2008
    Douglas, MA
    Hahhahahahah!! Too funny...I always say they are wayyyyyyy smarter tha we will ever know. [​IMG]
  7. bigoakhunter

    bigoakhunter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2009
    I hear ya, as MIchigan is a great place to live, but can also play cruel tricks on ya! Sorry about your luck. Story was a little comical, though....

    Last 2 years we had record snows and cold, today it is 45 degrees and melting. I n a few days it will be zero degrees again!
  8. CityChook

    CityChook Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2008
    Minneapolis, MN
    My Coop
    oh my gosh - what a MESS.
    Sorry this has happened to you. How on earth did you get all that water out? I'm guessing it was mixed with pine shavings, poo, etc????
    Well, at least this didn't happen while you were away on vacation or something. Could have come home to disaster!
  9. Siler

    Siler Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 25, 2010
    Central Indiana
    This could easily have been something we would have done. Stuff like this happens a lot to us. Over the summer we lost our female duck due to a predator and boy did we learn quickly. At least noone was hurt. The ducks sound like they enjoyed themselves. [​IMG]
  10. ridgefire

    ridgefire Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 8, 2008
    Northern Michigan
    Well I cant clean it up. It all froze over night. They can play hockey in there if they want. I guess the best I can do till spring is cover the ice with shavings.

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