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My homemade auto waterer

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by azrc, Apr 18, 2009.

  1. azrc

    azrc Out Of The Brooder

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    Cost was about $20 in parts and about 10 minutes to make. I can post more information if anyone is interested.

    It connects to a garden hose with a float in a 5 gallon bucket and water is siphoned into the drinking bucket.

    The parts
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    The drill bit
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    The hole in the bucket
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    Test fit of the hose connector
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    Don't forget the water seals
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    Testing the it out
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    Complete with water going into drinking dish
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    Last edited: Apr 18, 2009
  2. DarkWolf

    DarkWolf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just double checking. It's not a siphon effect, but a pressure equalization... The tubing is twirled at the bottom of the bucket, yes?

    Interesting idea.. I'm still planning out mine.
     
  3. azrc

    azrc Out Of The Brooder

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    Nope. purely siphon. I'd just gotten home and the sun had already set so I just threw it together.

    It works, but I'll make it better tomorrow. The excess clear tubing is currently just coiled at the bottom of the bucket.
     
  4. DarkWolf

    DarkWolf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah... Ok.. But how does it not break the siphon while filling... Oh.. wait..

    Ok, I had a duh moment... Basically it's the same as an overflow on a sump style aquarium filter where both sides equalize and hold pressure in the tube.

    Ok, got it.. [​IMG]
     
  5. domino7

    domino7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Don't you worry about the garden hose remaining under pressure? Seems like it will burst, especially in the heat of summer.
     
  6. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    How many chickens are you watering?

    Seems like a 5gal bucket would hold them for a little while and you could just fill it each day.

    Are they really drinking up 5 gal of water per day?
     
  7. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    neat idea. [​IMG]
     
  8. bumpershoot

    bumpershoot Chillin' With My Peeps

    Cool! I've been wanting to make an auto waterer and hadn't gotten around to figuring out how I wanted to do it. Here in NM the air is so dry that not only do the birds drink a lot but there is also evaporation to contend with. Water goes bye-bye fast!
     
  9. echlfan

    echlfan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:We had our hose start to blister & bubble & it is in the shade & not even summer.
     
  10. Dr.Doorlock

    Dr.Doorlock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm one of the plumbing specialists at Lowe's. If any of you need to buy these parts, I'll have the picts for reference.

    THANK YOU!
     

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