Winter and Summer Watering system w/ waterer nipples and heater.

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by the43k, Oct 10, 2013.

  1. the43k

    the43k Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I built a summer and winter waterer system. Far healthier and with far less work. :)

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  2. granny hatchet

    granny hatchet Tastes like chicken Premium Member

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    really love it for the ease but just wondered , my chickens drink alot, not a drop here and there so it seems like they would spend half their day at the water station, and is it hard to get them used to drinking like this? thank u for the vidieo
     
  3. the43k

    the43k Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not an issue whatsoever. They get plenty of water. This type of waterer is the industry standard. It has been used for decades. Major health improvements too. As long as you have ample nipples for the size of your flock it will not be an issue. I'd say 1 per 4 hens would be more than good. Actually, even if it did take a little longer to get water, occupying their time wouldn't be a bad thing either. A busy chicken is a happy chicken.
     
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  4. granny hatchet

    granny hatchet Tastes like chicken Premium Member

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    i really like the winter one, and not havivg to go in the coop is an extra bonus, but to carry the water out would be hard for me. i had to quick dissconnect my hose all last winter then wind it up over my head so it would drain for next time. i know there has to be an easier way then muscles.
     
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    just wondering about a pully system for the eldery. mabey you can work on that next?
     
  6. the43k

    the43k Chillin' With My Peeps

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    well, if you're still using the quick disconnect hose, at least if you fill this tank with 20 gallons, you'd have to do it far less often then a regular 5 gallon metal waterer.
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Either I missed it or it's not there, but what size pipe is the winter system? Looks like maybe 4 inch?

    Hopefully you will update this thread this winter when you know if it succeeded or failed.
     
  8. the43k

    the43k Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Actually its 6", used the largest size I had to hold the most water. Pipe can be a little expensive, especially the fittings, but I had most of it lying around. You could try to use a thinner grade, this was schedule 40. Regarding succeeding or failing, do you have any concerns with my design? The heater is designed for this amount of water, but I must admit I am slightly worried about the ends furthest away from the middle. I initially was going to use heat tape inside the pipe with it running from end to end, but I was concerned it was outside its design parameters.
     
  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I'm going to build a water system, but use cups with a recirc pump and bird bath heater on a thermo cube in the reservoir.
     
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    the43k Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hoping the warmer temps inside the coop, the heater and the slight regular flow that it won't freeze and then crack. I suppose worst case is that I could install two heaters, once down each end. We'll have to wait and see what happens.
     

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