need help on auto waterers

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by plantguy90, Jun 17, 2010.

  1. plantguy90

    plantguy90 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK here is the question: I'd like to make a water source that restricts them from jumping and dirtying up the waterer, but also want to add a float so its automatic. Chickens of all sizes are using it so simply drilling big holes in the bucket wouldn't work. I'd like to set up a big pan that has a bucket in the middle, with holes in the bucket at the bottom, but not sure how a gravity fill would work with a float valve. Is that doable?
     
  2. briteday

    briteday Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There's a picture of one on here somewhere. You would need to drill the holes (for the chickens to stick their heads in and drink through) about 1/3 - 1/2 the way up the bucket and install a hose connector to the bottom third of the bucket, which in turn would connect to a toilet float valve or a float lever.
     
  3. Me & My Peeps

    Me & My Peeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can make that, or go to a members page here and get some nipples. No more problems with dirt, spilling or filling/changing every day. https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/profile.php?id=15206

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    him, he'll give you all the info you need to make an educated decision. Plus the prices cant be beat....... I got mine abut 4-5 weeks ago and I think their the greatest thing. No maint, no fuss.
     
  4. dtimms

    dtimms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use a nipple waterer too and it's AWESOME. Nipples are cheap, and I use leftover gallon milk jugs which are even cheaper... got mine from FarmTek.
     
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  5. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Little Giant automatic waterers. Can't be beat.
     
  6. happydog

    happydog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What's the best way to use the nipples?
     
  7. Me & My Peeps

    Me & My Peeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ?? Define your question better please?
    Do you mean - use a 5 Gal pail, a 1 Gal milk jug etc.......

    I want to help but I dont understand your question.....
     

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