Water for my chickens

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by kdcolorado, Jun 17, 2011.

  1. kdcolorado

    kdcolorado In the Brooder

    May 11, 2011
    My husband and I made a waterer from a 5 gallon bucket and purchased a 21 inch bottom, the kind you put under plants.
    We got instructions that said to put two 1/4 inch holes approximately one ince from the bottom of bucket. Place in the plant holder and wala!
    Well the water doesnt stop running out. This was suppose to work lol Anyone have any suggestions.

  2. kansasgirlinutah

    kansasgirlinutah In the Brooder

    Apr 18, 2011
    Do you have a secure lid on the bucket?
  3. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Songster

    The holes were supposed to be 2" from the rim

    Either put a air tight lid on the bucket or start with a bucket, drill holes thru the rim about 2" down, flip the bucket over with the plant holder over the opening. You need the vacuum in the bucket to prevent overflow
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2011
  4. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Quote:Yeah - you will have to have a lid that seals really well - one that you literally have to pry off.
  5. Buff-Island-Australorp

    Buff-Island-Australorp Songster

    Apr 1, 2011
    Bixby, OK
    Lid must have a rubber O-ring for it to air lock.

  6. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    As Bryan says, unless you have a seriously airtight-sealing bucket (which are hard to find, and never STAY airtight-sealing for that long when they are used repeatedly...) you have constructed it upside-down. The bucket is meant to be upside-down in the pan, so the holes go near the *rim* of the bucket.

    Personally I find that style very awkward to use (unpleasant to flip after filling bucket, without losing the pan and/or water) and VERY prone to suddenly drenching the coop when a chicken bumps into one the wrong way when it's only half- or one-third full. Of course if the waterer is outdoors on good drainage, the deluge isn't such a problem but it still is a waste of water and means you gotta refill it more often than you should.

  7. BoltonChicken

    BoltonChicken Songster

    Apr 14, 2011
    Bolton, Mississippi
    Personally I find that style very awkward to use

    Yeah, me too. Lots of drawbacks. I would recommend PVC pipe and nipples 100%. Lots of good info on this forum!​

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