My PVC "True Auto" Waterer

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Desert Chickens, Apr 13, 2012.

  1. AmandaMBG

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    If there isn't a light source they won't move around at night. They will sleep so I would say yes they should be fine. But if you have any lights on they will get up to Drink. Otherwise I wouldn't worry about it as long as their is water available as soon as they wake up as they will be very thirsty.

     
  2. Lelilamom

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    We used this for several years for our chickens and it works great. Great idea for the ducks! We bought the one that you can nail up off the ground. We stopped using it because we grew out operation and one waterer wasn't enough so we needed to go to something else. We are going back to it for our Turkeys.

    http://www.backyardchickenelearning.com/automatic-chicken-waterer/
     
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  3. jrtmouse

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    Love this and would like To build it. Where were you able to find 4 inch pvc pipe? I was unable to locate at HD or Ls.
     
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  4. JiltdRoyalty

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    For thin walled pipe, try a plumbing supply store. For thick walled pipe, try a electrical supply store
     
  5. Lelilamom

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    Lowes had 4 inch PVC precut into 2 foot sections for 7 bucks. I had to go to HD for the flat 4 inch caps. I will tell you though, I'm going to 6 inch pipe for my next waterer (I need to build a second one this weeks) because the 4 inch was such a tight fit - but only if I can find 6 inch caps.
    I honestly didn't look hard at either HD or Lowes for the thin walled. I might be able to get it at either of them.
     
  6. DIZNEYGIRLS

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    Just installed this in the coop and the next one in size up in the run. My girls figured out the first day. Best thing is always fresh water.
     
  7. Lelilamom

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    I've looked everywhere and no one carries Schedule 30, or thin walled PVC. I called every plumbing supply and even plumbing contractors in my area and they've never even heard of it. Looks like we're going to have to stick with Schedule 40. If the original designer ever pops in, please let us know where you got the PVC pipe from. Thanks
     
  8. jrtmouse

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    Same here Lelilamom, I'm having a heck of a time finding Sch 30, especially the 4 inch pipe. I assume this particular piece especially needs to be Sch 30 so the valve fits, even if I do decide to brave the Sch 40 for the rest of it. Ugh, it seemed so very doable at the beginning.

    --Discouraged
     
  9. lynnehd

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    I've got PVC nipple waterers with the thicker PVC. Some of the nipples are screwed into the PVC cap if they are an upright version, which is really thick.

    It should work with Sch 40 PVC. Make sure you use a wide enough diameter PVC tubing that the threaded part of the nipple waterer has room to fit inside w/o rubbing; at least 3/4 inch? 1 inch?
    And make sure you use the exact drill bit size they recommend. Then, you could put some plumber's tape on the part you screw in, along with silicone caulking right over the top. Or, just the silicone caulking, but either way, smear the silicone caulking generously over the threads of the nipple waterer.

    Then screw in firmly. Let this dry overnight.

    I hope this works!
     
  10. lynnehd

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    Oh, and @Lelilamom and @jrtmouse , are your nipple waterers leaking where they screw into the PVC?
    My suggestions were for that.

    IF they are just continually dripping but the base is dry, as far as you can tell, then there is a way to address that too.
     

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