Way to fill sealed 5 gallon bucket with potable water hose intermittently

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by woodnt, Oct 24, 2015.

  1. woodnt

    woodnt Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello,

    I have one of the typical inverted lid-sealed and drilled 5 gallon buckets resting in a flower pot base type waterer. It is a pain to take off the lid to fill it.

    I can't have a full-time hose set up, so I would like to use a way to fill it up with a hose connection only when needed. I have read things on this forum and elsewhere, but most are trying to put in a full-time pressurized system. I'm sure I'm missing a simple solution.

    I have found out about 3/4" PVC bulkhead fittings when would leave an open hole, and the negative pressure remaining in the inverted bucket is needed. So I look at various valves to turn things off when the bucket was full. I found one valve/bulkhead fitting combo here:

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NX697C0...UTF8&colid=1U2TIGJNZQS3I&coliid=I4B53J74LJ82E

    However, that leaves me with a male end, which is also on the end of the potable RV water hose I'm using. I want all 100% potable for each part because if it is not good enough for me, it is not good enough for the chickens and the eggs from them we will be eating. Plus, our chickens are pets, and we care a great deal for them.

    So my problem is finding a female/female connector. I would prefer the durability of brass, but with no lead or lead-free compliant (<= 0.25% lead) ratings. The plastic type I can't find potability ratings for them. I haven't found a potable brass connector, either.

    I would appreciate any input from anyone wiser than I about piping. Any other solution is welcome other than the type I've mentioned above. Quick connect/disconnect would be ideal, but I haven't found ratings for them, either, esp the brass type.

    I have also thought about putting the bulkhead fitting in the lid, but not sure it would rest flat afterwords (and it would be better to have a plug in it for when I turn the bucket inverted putting it into the flower pot base.

    Kind regards,
    Nathan
     
  2. roostead

    roostead New Egg

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    Do you have a picture of your waterer spending $15 on that spigot isn't very economical if you have to buy another fiting to make it work. Have you considered pvc fittings
     
  3. woodnt

    woodnt Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for the reply.

    Here is what I made:

    http://homesteadrules.com/homemade-chicken-waterer/

    You are right about the economics. I'll sacrifice that for convenience, though :)

    Yes, I have considered PVC but wanted better UV endurance (knowing the bucket can break down but I have many of those). My mind can be changed though.
     
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2015
  4. roostead

    roostead New Egg

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    Well if you purchase that bulkhead spigot set up all you need is a male to male fitting
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  5. RonP

    RonP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Or just use a washer hose.

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  6. woodnt

    woodnt Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello,

    Ty. I was looking on Amazon for double female connectors like you showed before I posted, but can't find them with low lead certification (<= 0.25%). This was the reason for my post. If plastic, I want it BPA-free.

    I don't want lead or BPA in the chickens for their health, plus the eggs we'll eat would contain the badness as well.

    I'm using white with blue strip potable RV hose for this same reason :)
     

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