*~ My Brooder - Auto Waterer - Auto Feeder - Easy - PICTURE HEAVY ~*

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by peej, May 7, 2011.

  1. peej

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    This is my completed brooder that works very well!

    - I don't have to check the water or food often

    - Very easy to refill water/feed without even putting my hands in the brooder

    - Nice area for the chicks to hang out and drink and eat all day!

    Here is what I started with... just some scraps we had laying around the house - wood, pvc, and other random items

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    I'll start with the auto feeder!

    This is what it looks like with the lid open:

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    Lid Closed:

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    Then I can just put feed in without open the top:

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    Here is the inside with the lid closed:

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    Now to the Waterer:

    The Bucket that holds my water is sitting on the backside of the brooder, above where their lamp is:

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    Here is a better to get an idea of how the top looks:

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    Then you can just fill up the water (currently have chicken gatorade in there right now - that "save a chick stuff")

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    More Pictures so you can get the idea on how it comes down into the brooder:

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    This is where the chicks actually drink off of:

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    They figured it out right away, and loved it! I couldn't get pictures of them with the lid open but here is some through the chicken wire:

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    Here are some pictures of how the light system works, I just took a light socket and hard wired it to a male end!

    Light/Light Socket coming out into the Brooder:

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    This is what it looks like coming out of the top:

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    And here are some details you can view:

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    And here it is closed and protected:

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    That is all for my Coop Design, it works very very well!

    Tips for the nipples that worked out very well after them leaking the first time I used them:

    - Use teflon and an o-oring for each nipple and it won't leak!

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    - Drill the 23/64 hole

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    - and it works great!

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    Thank you for looking! I hope you guys liked it! Please let me know what you think!

    If you have any questions or comments you can post here or PM me!

    Thanks Again,
    Preston
     
    Last edited: May 8, 2011
  2. TinyLittleFarm

    TinyLittleFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Really excellent! [​IMG]
     
  3. Sorin

    Sorin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Excellent ideas! [​IMG]
     
  4. peej

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    Thank you!
     
  5. dcouette

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    Awesome! Thanks for posting! Certainly has given me some good ideas![​IMG]
     
  6. Lurach

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    Wow! Very nice set-up. You have some excellent ideas that I just might have to borrow. [​IMG]
     
  7. zookeeper15133

    zookeeper15133 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very nice set up! Great ideas. How does the auto waterer work when they get bigger? Is it adjustable?
     
  8. peej

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    Sweet! Glad to hear that! It is working out awesome now that it is all set up, I need to post how I set up the light fixture! I hard wired the light fixture to a male ended piece that comes out the top so that I can just plug it in from the outside no hassle!
     
  9. peej

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    Quote:There isn't that much water pressure coming down from the 5 gal bucket so I didn't have to seal (glue) the pvc together, so as they get bigger I will just cut the vertical piece that you can see when the pvc is coming down from the top, or I might just have some precut ones that I can just throw in there as they get bigger! Yeah I had to think about that question for a while as I was building it!

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    This is the piece I will be cutting/ replacing and it will just raise the whole system up to the right height:


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    Last edited: May 7, 2011
  10. macadam8157

    macadam8157 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Congrats on the auto waterer looks awesome!
     

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