The evolution of a chicken waterer....

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by TMNfarm, May 21, 2012.

  1. TMNfarm

    TMNfarm Songster

    Apr 23, 2012
    Northern MN
    I am SO enjoying my first experience raising chickens. I had no idea how much fun they would be. I have 12 layers (6 BO, 4 Production reds, and 2 Australorps), and 12 cornish cross broilers. My broilers go through a ton of water. I usually have to fill the waterer twice a day. Since I am ever on a quest to simplify my life (don't ask me why I have 8 horses, 6 dogs, 4 cats, 2 bunnies, and 24 chickens, and am looking for a couple of goats if I'm trying to SIMPLIFY my life...) without compromising the health of my animals, I stumbled on a coop thread that had pictures closed system chicken waterers... No poop in the water!!! Reservoir to hold more than a couple of hours worth of water!!! Yeah!!! I'm all over that!!!

    First, I had to find chicken nipples. I love saying that... "Chicken nipples"... I also had great fun going to the feed store and asking the owner if he had any chicken nipples... "Nooooo...." giving me a weird look... Me: "Why not??" innocently... "Chickens... don't... have... nipples..." looking at me as if I had just stepped off of the short bus... Me, barely containing my hysterical laughter... "No!! Chicken nipples... For building a watering system for my chickens..." Hee, hee, hee, heeeeee.....

    I found them in a Farm Tek catalog, but they wanted $13 in shipping for $12 worth of nipples!! I found a nice company right here in MN that shipped them to me for free, so nipples in hand, I headed to my local fleet store where I bought my chicks from for the rest of the supplies. A nice young man helped me make sense of all the different tubings and fittings and I purchased what I hoped would be the stuff to make my waterer. Several more trips later, I finally had all of the fittings and piping I needed...

    My husband passed away 2 years ago, and my brother-in-law (his brother) has been helping me out with all of the projects I have to do around my little farm. I appreciate him more than I can say, but sometimes, I just want to do things myself, and this was one of those projects. As soon as I mentioned it to him, he started telling me how he could build this and that... So after that, I kept quiet and did it in "stealth mode"...


    I assembled the watering tubes and nipples in the back room at work one afternoon...


    Close up of the connection between the flexible tubing and the tubing with the nipples installed...


    A closer look at the nipples installed in the tube.... I have 2 coops, a layer coop and a meaty coop, so I built 2 of them, each about 3 feet long with 4 nipples in each one...


    Then I had to build a stand to put in between my coops to put an old cooler on for the reservoir... I found all of the materials in a pile left over from the construction of my barn last year...


    Here is the cooler on the stand. This is NOT where it will be, but there was a big storm rolling in and my drill had died, so I couldn't get the hose into the layer coop. I just wanted to see if everything was functional, so I set it up to run into the meaty coop temporarily...


    They were pretty leary of it at first, but then...


    Chicken waterer success!!!!!!!!!!
    Hopefully I can get it hooked up in the layer coop this evening adn they will learn as quickly as these guys did!!!
  2. Beautifully done! Congratulations!
  3. ChickiesInUtah

    ChickiesInUtah Chirping

    May 14, 2012
    Northern Utah
    That is beautifully done, really impressive!

    I'm sorry for the loss of your husband.

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