Water system I'm contemplating

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Fisherlmiranda, Aug 27, 2018.

  1. Fisherlmiranda

    Fisherlmiranda Songster

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    I'm think about buying this water troth with a float valve in it for my ducks run. It has a drain in the bottom. I'd plumb the drain to a PVC pipe with a valve on it so I could just open it and run water through to clean it. Maybe have a toilet brush and some vinegar in a spray bottle near by. What do you guys think? Screenshot_20180827-084817_Chrome.jpg
     
  2. Jpat

    Jpat Free Ranging

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    I realy like it
     
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  3. CrystaBub

    CrystaBub Introducing Rosy and Posy!

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    Interesting! Let us see pics when you’re done installing.
     
  4. HelplessHomeSteader

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    Love it, how do you plan on
    1. Running water to it? 2. what happens if it sticks open? 3. Where are you empting it too?
    1. I would put at least a shut off valve right before tub inlet so you can cut water off to empty and clean with out messing around proping close your floater and ruining it.
    2. Maybe tap in overflow pipe to avoid overfill mess's.
    3. Your going to be cleaing it every day no matter what you do or believe so make sure your happy with where watse will drain. It will smell so bad and you will quickly wish you had a better plan.
     
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  5. Fisherlmiranda

    Fisherlmiranda Songster

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    Thanks for giving me something to think about.
    I have a spring fed well that I water my animals with on my homestead. So I'll run a hose to it just like the cow troth. I've never had a float valve stick open, but an over flow is a good idea! The PVC drain would just run it to the out side of the pin and into the ditch that's next to the pin. The ditch has spring water in the bottom of it that runs into the creek thats behind the pin. So that will keep the smell down. I know I'm gonna have to clean it every day, I just hate those waters that you carry around. I hate cleaning them and filling them. It's just a pain. I feel like this would be a quick and easy way to stream line the process. It would be like cleaning a toilet every day lol
     
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    HelplessHomeSteader Songster

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    I think it's an awesome idea and agree that I hate those dam red water's from TSC. I may have turned mine into a frisbee.
     
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    PirateGirl Chicken Lover, Duck Therapist

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    I installed a drain in my duck pool, 1/2 inch or whatever the size is of a standard garden hose. The ducks are so mucky it clogs pretty quick and I've found my drain is virtually useless. Depending on how often you are draining and cleaning the whole thing you may have better luck, just something to think about, how do you plan to deal with clogs. You may need an easy access way to disassemble your drain to unclog it; you may not want to silicone the pvc drain pipe to the waterer.

    Another thing to think about is filling/keeping it full in winter. Hoses can freeze up pretty quick. I'm not sure where your water source is that this will be connected to and how reliable it is in winter. You may need to make modifications to keep things thawed. My outside hose, and sometimes spigot, freezes regularly and I often have to fill my water buckets in the house in winter. There are lots of clever ideas on here and products out there to help with frozen water, but figuring this out BEFORE winter will certainly help.
     
  8. HelplessHomeSteader

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    Winter water issues will he new to me this year I live in PA I moved from ATL to be closer to wife's family. But dam dose it get cold
     
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  9. Fisherlmiranda

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    I dont think I could use the troth with the float in the winter :hit as far as clogs go I'm planning on hanging it high enough that they wont climb in it and play. And I will be flushing it out every night. Maybe a plunger would work :lau My pump house is heated in the winter. So we pull the hoses out fill up all the animals waters. And put the hose back in the pump house. Its alot of work but it's only during winter. We have a heated poultry waterers and heaters for the big animal troths. Still haven't figured out a water system for winter lol.
     
  10. SkyeT

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    They find a way to get in. Trust me. It doesn't matter, somehow they figure it out. If it is water, they want to be in it...
     

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