My super cheap, super easy waterer.

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ninabeast, Jun 7, 2011.

  1. ninabeast

    ninabeast Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2011
    Upstate New York
    I was looking for a temporary auto-waterer for my coop, as I was headed on vacation soon after my chicks moved to the coop, and I wanted to facilitate their care. Ultimately, I'll be putting together a nipple waterer, so I didn't want to spend a lot of money on a temporary system. After much trial and error (mostly error-- it's embarrassing what I don't know about physics), I came up with this: a 2.5 gallon water jug, opened into a large foil lasagna pan.




    I found the water level a little low, so I drilled two small holes about an inch higher than where the open spout is. It works perfectly! I threw in a few copper pennies to control algae, and I change it every 3-4 days (12 2 month-old chicks). Because there is no air exchange when the water lowers, the jug does collapse a little, but it still works great. I'll be using it in my run once the nipple waterer is set up in the coop.

    Total cost: $6. Thought I'd share.
  2. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 27, 2010
    great idea! thanks for sharing!
  3. Rebecca1

    Rebecca1 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 28, 2011

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