Looking for ideas for an oblong chicken waterer

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by justincasei812, Oct 11, 2016.

  1. justincasei812

    justincasei812 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 22, 2016
    Good day everyone,

    I am looking to see if anyone has made an oblong or trough for a watering system for chickens. I have the circular type but the coop is a little tight (4' x 8' floor plan) on space I would like to free up a little space by making a water container that will fit along the wall and allow 4-6 chickens to drink at one time. I had thought about using the cups in some PVC pipe but the cups are not cheap and a lot of them have some bad reviews. I would like something that I am not having to clean out daily. I thought of a partially open 4" PVC pipe but I can see where the chickens would stand on it, get the floor covering into the trough and anything else they are flinging around. Most commercial watering systems are round. I live in Michigan so cold weather is a concern and the nipples and cups might not work very well with the weather conditions. Has anyone made anything that works well without the chickens making a mess of it or am I limited to the commercial round, cups or nipple designs that are out there. I have checked around on BYC website and Pinterest and found little to nothing out there.

    Watering cups


    Thanks Justin
  2. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 6, 2014
    Melrose Park Illinois
    4 X 8 coop means you don't have 50 chickens. Therefore you do not need to have 4 to 6 chickens drinking simultaneously. You can opt for horizontal nipples on a 5 gallon bucket ( 3 maximum) and your chickens just take turns. Inside your bucket you may have a heater to prevent freezing. They are called Stock tank heaters and come in a variety of wattage according to need. The cup type you linked to are prone to freezing unless the coop is heated. I myself use a small crock pot to provide luke warm water for my pets to drink out of. I achieve that by using a dimmer switch to regulate the water temperature in the crock pot. Otherwise the water would boil. Have been using this for many years now. Install a board above the pot to prevent chicken from standing on top as well as soiling the water inside.
    Look at the following link.
    You still need to use a dimmer switch because even on the lowest setting water would be too warm. The inside pot is easy to lift out and clean as needed.

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