Poultry cups with 5 gallon bucket for waterer-anyone tried this?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by gale65, Jun 9, 2011.

  1. gale65

    gale65 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I don't want to use nipples so I was wondering how it worked to use those cups and screw them into the bottom edge of a 5 gallon bucket? Kinda like this ( http://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/poultry_cup_waterer.html ) but with the bucket instead of the pipe. We don't have a water supply near where the run will be (not one that can be hooked up all the time). OR we could use the bucket and hook the pipe up to it and then the cups on the pipe. Anyone have this type of system and can show pics?
     
  2. gale65

    gale65 Chillin' With My Peeps

    duh...that link even says to use the pipe w/ a bucket. I found it cheaper here: http://beaktime.com/water.php and the one priced like murray mcmurray comes with a bucket but the mm one says to use your own bucket. Is there something wrong with the $20 one that makes it 1/3 the price?
     
  3. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    I think it's because it's only comes with 1 cup that appears to be smaller. However, as long as you don't have tons of chickens in your set up it should be fine
     
  4. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    Quote:Opa, can you hook those up with tubing to a 5 gallon bucket. I'm thinking of poking in one of those dripper hose thingies, run the tubing down into the run and to the cup. I'm looking for something that is easy to move with a tractor.
     
  5. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    Quote:Opa, can you hook those up with tubing to a 5 gallon bucket. I'm thinking of poking in one of those dripper hose thingies, run the tubing down into the run and to the cup. I'm looking for something that is easy to move with a tractor.

    That's almost the same as what I've done. Mine goes from the 5 gallon pail in tubing to a tee that splits the water to feed two cups on 2 cages. Works well. Like any small orfice they occasionally plug. I check my regularily by using a stick through the wire to reach and depress the yellow plunger to make sure the cup fills. That way you know for sure when a chicken pecks at it water is released. It takes about a minute to disassembly and reassemble.
     
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  6. gale65

    gale65 Chillin' With My Peeps

    thanks! Do you have to teach them to use the cups? Or do they figure it out easily? The MM link says not for chicks but does that mean a certain age? For example, when we let them have the run at about 4 weeks old is it ok then?
     
  7. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    They will be fne for your 4 week old birds. You start out with filled cups and when that water is consumed they will peck at the yellow plungere
     
  8. gale65

    gale65 Chillin' With My Peeps

    OK here's my next question about this. We have well water which is pretty hard. We've had problems with our rabbits' water bottles stopping up because of this. If I add ACV to the water will this help prevent these cup valves from getting stopped up? Or is there another way for people with rock-hard water other than traditional waterers?
     
  9. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    Any waterer with a valve or orifice is going to require periodic maintenance to keep it working properly. While there is little one can do to prevent mineral scale from occurring, one common problem you can prevent it blockage caused by algae. A teaspoon of household bleach to 5 gallons of water will usually be sufficient to kill algae with harming your birds. Be sure not to use bleaches that contain a scent.
     

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