Using PVC to water

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by jtay72, Nov 18, 2015.

  1. jtay72

    jtay72 Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 7, 2013
    I've seen articles where people screwed chicken nipples in to PVC filled with water from a source like a rain barrel. While this is very appealing to me due to the seemingly elimination of watering every day, the question I have is, would the pipe not eventually grow algae? Has anyone used this method, and would they recommend it? Why / why not?
  2. rIrs roost

    rIrs roost Sir Crows A lot

    Aug 20, 2015
    Rockingham NC
    I'd like to know this myself.
  3. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    I do recommend it with some precautions. There isn't much light penetration in PVC but eventually there will be some. You can shock the system with chlorine from time to time.
    If you want to go straight into the pipe, it needs to be at least 2" PVC.
    You can use 1/2" pipe with 1/2" - 1/8" - 1/2" tees. That's what I use for horizontal nipples.
    The vertical nipples will freeze.
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2015
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  4. EasterEggr

    EasterEggr Just Hatched

    Oct 15, 2015

    I am trying it out. This 5 gallon water jug lasts a long time. I set it up inside the insulated coop and haven't had any problem with freezing or algae yet. What's wrong with keeping it inside the coop anyway? What I did learn is that air needs a way to get inside the jug because as the water was used, my jug sucked in on itself until it wouldn't allow water out the nipples anymore. To alleviate this issue I loosen the PVC fitting just under the jug until air bubbles can gurgle up into the head space. No leaking though.
  5. bcarver

    bcarver Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 10, 2015
    I put a spigot on the end of my pipe. I can drain it for cleaning or to prevent freezing. also my nipples can be disassembled for cleaning.
    My water source is a bucket with a toilet float in it. The bucket can be disconnected and cleaned separately.

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