Seeking Advice on Automatic Watering System

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by spleisher, Feb 26, 2015.

  1. spleisher

    spleisher In the Brooder

    Nov 21, 2014

    I am planning to build a watering system, and I am looking for some sound advice.

    I've done some research, and I believe I am going to need a pressure regulator for cups or nipples as I plan to hook my system up to a garden hose.

    I am considering buying a system I found on eBay, but would like to know if anyone has experience with something like this and can tell me if it would be a good way to go.

    Any help or advice would be appreciated.
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    What is your climate?
    Putting your location in your profile can help folks give more viable answers and suggestions.

    Also the advanced search can help, there are a TON of automatic watering threads here.
    advanced search>titles only>automatic watering
  3. spleisher

    spleisher In the Brooder

    Nov 21, 2014
    I'm in Florida, so I guess I would say the climate is "hot". Freezing is no concern for me, if that is what you are getting at.

    I have done some searches, and I have gotten some good info. It does seem that many people use a tank or container with a float valve.

    Space is an issue for me. Plus the container would be something else to keep clean. That's what got me thinking I should use a regulator.

    Anyway, thanks again for your thoughts and assistance. I appreciate it.
  4. RJSorensen

    RJSorensen Chicken George

    Cups will work fine, I use horizontal nipples in my coops. I believe however that optimum hydration comes from allowing the birds access to open water, placed at the proper height for the size and or type of bird you are offering water to. Cups will need to be cleaned, and the pipes used to deliver the water will most likely need a periodic cleaning as well. No system will exempt one from some type of maintenance. Pressure regulators are a common item in most hardware/home improvement stores. The cups are the key piece here, if that is your preferred method of watering.

    Even though I am a horizontal nipple convert, I keep thinking that I should give the cups a try on my spring/summer/fall good weather system. I looked at your link and as a turnkey system, it will work. I thought it a bit spendy, but if a complete ready to work setup is what you seek, it should be fine.

    Best to you and your birds,


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