water fountain for the chickens

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by willkatdawson, Mar 17, 2009.

  1. willkatdawson

    willkatdawson Songster

    Mar 31, 2008
    My husband and I put this jar fountain beside the house for the dogs and chickens. The coop is way down the hill from the house and because the chickens spend alot of time at the house we thought they might get thirsty sometimes. It was so easy. We bought a plastic whiskey barrel liner from Lowe's and a ceramic jar. My husband drilled a hole in the bottom of the jar. We then stacked bricks inside the barrel liner for the pot to sit on. Add a pump and your done. We were through in 1hr from begining to end. Our inside dog begs to go outside to drink from it. It's cold even in the hottest part of summer and because the water is moving we don't turn it off in the winter. We just pull the hose over about every other week and fill it up.

    Flutter is filthy because she had just been dustbathing and it's been raining all week here
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2009
  2. Chickenmaven

    Chickenmaven Songster

    Feb 6, 2009
    Cool! [​IMG]
  3. BoJo

    BoJo Songster

    Feb 17, 2009
    Dawsonville, Ga
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  4. willkatdawson

    willkatdawson Songster

    Mar 31, 2008
    Thanks, I'm surprised just how much they use it.[​IMG]
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2009
  5. Do you add anything to the water, or does it stay fresh because of the circulation and refills? I'm going to be building a new chicken run soon, and this'd be cool.
  6. willkatdawson

    willkatdawson Songster

    Mar 31, 2008
    We don't put anything in the water. when leaves fall or grass clipping get in it we put the hose in the bottom and it washes everything out and fills it with fresh water. The only problem I could foresee is when you wash it out it would get your run wet and if you have chicks around it you will need to put mesh or something like that around it so the chicks won't fall in and drown.The water stay fresh and as the chickens and dogs drink it we add more so I guess a small amount to bleach from county water goes in.
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2009
  7. tstan

    tstan Hatching

    Apr 8, 2013
    Is there a picture of it

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