waterer help please

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by crealbilly, Aug 2, 2016.

  1. crealbilly

    crealbilly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Last year I had a heck of a time fighting frozen nipples on my PVC Pipe waterer. I tried just about everything I could think of but even though I was able to prevent the water in the pipe from freezing the nipples would freeze and crack and leak...

    I'm thinking of abandoning the whole PVC pipe nipple waterer idea and go with something else instead.

    Can you guys point me to some ideas for homemade waterers that will not freeze? I need to make three of them. I have 3 chicken yards and 56 birds in them. My only requirement is the waterers need to be outside all the time in the chicken yards and not inside the coops.

    I'm in southern Illinois if that helps.

    Thanks
     
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  2. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think your hunting a unicorn. An automatic water that won't freeze outside in winter, large enough for several birds.
     
  3. crealbilly

    crealbilly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I might be... but thought it was worth a ask. You don't know whats out there and what smart people have come up with until you ask.
     
  4. Finnie

    Finnie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Everything will freeze if you don't run electricity to it. I run a long outdoor extension cord to my coop. I made a waterer out of a Tidy Cat litter box, a small fish tank heater and horizontal nipples. It has worked well for two winters so far. One year inside the coop and one year underneath. It does need to be sat on a wooden block. (Anything that will put the nipples up at chicken head height.) There was a discussion somewhere here on BYC where I learned how to make it. Maybe if you search it will come up.

    Good luck!
     
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  5. crealbilly

    crealbilly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am not opposed to running electrical to all three of the waterers. I can bury underground cable pretty easily. Can you share a pic of what you built - please? I'm a visual kind of guy and get a much better understanding of how something works by seeing it instead of reading about it. Of couse pictures and explainations are the best for me though.
     
  6. PingoBags

    PingoBags Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will be dealing with this for the first time this year. I'm also gonna be using nipples.

    The idea I'm gonna try is using a pipe heating cable wrapped around a 5 gallon or smaller bucket.
    For the nipples I'm gonna cut a piece of 2" abs pipe and glue it over top of the nipple with a small notch so the chickens can still drink.
    I'll also wrap the heating cable around that small piece of abs pipe and wrap some sort of insulation around everything.
    The idea is to heat the abs pipe and create a warm pocket of air around the nipple, might work.
    My temps go down to -20 to -30°C at night.
     
  7. crealbilly

    crealbilly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I did most of that also... what seemed to work the best was to get piece of shrink warp tubing insulate the upper piece of the nipple with rock wool insulation put the shrink wrap tubing over the insulation and heat it until it shrank for a tight fit. I also added heat tape and rock wool insulation to the outside of the pipe. But even after all this the nipple stems froze. Best of luck to you with fighting the freeze.
     
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  8. greenfeathers

    greenfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used a heated bucket I got from TSC and a small pump. The bucket only turns on at 40 degrees and below. The warm water circulates though the piping and back into the same bucket. I used it for my rabbits with nipples last winter and we got down to -10F for a few days. It'll be setup for the chickens before it gets cold.
     
  9. crealbilly

    crealbilly Chillin' With My Peeps

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  10. crealbilly

    crealbilly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can you share pics please? My 56 birds go though atleast 5 gallons of water a day and more in the heat of the summer - with my current PVC pipe nipple waterer setup. Nipples are great for provding clean water but bids don't have cheeks and waste a lot with nipples. The ground under the nipples is constantly wet. I suspect that's why I'm burning though so much water everyday.
     

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