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Poultry cup leak

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by clanreed, Sep 19, 2011.

  1. clanreed

    clanreed Out Of The Brooder

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    I am having trouble getting my poultry cup waterer up and running without leaks. I first had them installed in a 1/2 pvc pipe with the brackets that are glued in then the cups are screwed in to them. That didn't work as they split and cracked causing leaks. I abandoned that pipe and got a new 1/2 pipe and screwed the poultry cups directly into the pipe. I am still having dripping from where the cups are screwed into the pipe. I did use teflon tape on the cups prior to screwing them in. My pipe is connected to an existing faucet in our converted stall with a pressure regulator and I have the pressure down to about 2 psi but am still getting leaks. I am going to remove the leaking cups tomorrow and rewrap them with teflon and try again. Any ideas on what else I can do to get rid of the leaks?

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    Last edited: Sep 19, 2011
  2. Carter57

    Carter57 Out Of The Brooder

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    Try putting an "O" ring on before screwing them in. I would put teflon tape on then an "O" ring.
     
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  3. MIKE555444

    MIKE555444 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am very interested to see how this comes out. I would like to try this in my new coop but I'm a little afraid of leaking or spilling and I don't want the extra moisture. Please keep us updated...
     
  4. sutillman

    sutillman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good luck! I spent a fortune on those things, not counting the time, and never could get mine so they wouldn't leak. Believe me, I tried everything. Plus my chickens never caught on drinking out of them. Went to a better plan since I was afraid they weren't getting enough water.
     
  5. BellevueOmlet

    BellevueOmlet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can use brackets to attach them to the pvc. Like these:

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  6. Dutch552

    Dutch552 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Once you get the cups screwed back in with fresh teflon tape, get a tube of 5 minute epoxy. Clean and dry the pipe really well around the threaded fitting that goes into the PVC and mix a small amount of epoxy really well. Then get a framing nail and use the head end to put a nice bead of epoxy around where the cup screws into the pipe, you'll only have about 3 minutes once mixed before it starts to set-up and becomes unworkable. Then set your pipe and cups somehwere safe where the cups won't be moved around. After about an hour of drying time the epoxy should be fully cured and you will have a waterproof seal that the chickens can't pick off like silicone will. I had a batch of nipple waterers that leaked no matter what I did until I did as above and they have not leaked a drop since. You can find the epoxy at any major home improvement store or Walmart.
     
  7. BellevueOmlet

    BellevueOmlet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would recommend sealing them with "potable" pvc cement so that they are water safe for the chickens.
     
  8. clanreed

    clanreed Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for all the suggestions. I did remove each one and try again with the teflon tape. 4 out of 5 are not leaking now, but I don't feel like any are trustworthy enough for winter. Right now the weather is still very warm so the dirt floor is drying up, but come winter I don't want to have leaking water. I have decided to go ahead and glue them in with the pvc cement I have. If that doesn't solve the leaking, I will try adding epoxy around the connection.

    BellevueOmlet--You can use brackets to attach them to the pvc.

    I did try these brackets first, but they kept splitting/cracking.

    ~Shannon​
     
  9. BellevueOmlet

    BellevueOmlet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It sounds like you have had all types of problems. If you ever need some pre-built waterers, just let me know.
     
  10. Animalian

    Animalian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not sure about these. Do they work by gravity or water pressure when the bird pushes the little ball? I wanna know cos I'll probably be getting some soon.

    If it does work with water pressure maybe you've got it on too high, or gravity you have too much weight behind it?
     

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