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

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

  1. Robert M

    Robert M Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good thinkin'. I'm 71, myself, and I would do one if I needed it.

    (Golllleeeee, I'm glad to be hatched, it was lonely and cramped in that egg).
     
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2013
  2. granny hatchet

    granny hatchet Tastes like chicken Premium Member

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    hahahhaa, right! i dont know what thats all about. i am only 50, but i am disabled or i would give it a shot. my digging days are over and i would be concerned to have a trencher in my hand. concerned for anyone around me that is.
     
  3. granny hatchet

    granny hatchet Tastes like chicken Premium Member

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    after 500 post i was over run with chickens !
     
  4. newpioneer75

    newpioneer75 Out Of The Brooder

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    no pic of it installed yet, soon though. I thought about rolling up some chicken wire and tapeing it on top of the PVC to prevent roosting. I am having a problem with 1 silkie not understanding the nipples. she has been sitting in the nest box all day and refuses to stand up, even when taken out. Tried to feed , tried to get to drink from nipple. Not setting on an egg. Then , this evening after work, I took her out of the coop and put some water in a bowl and she drank and drank. Looked like she pepped up a little then. She's not my smartest girl, but, she's kind of my favorite.
     
  5. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote: She's either broody or very ill
     
  6. newpioneer75

    newpioneer75 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm hoping broody. She's only about 7 months old, isn't that a little young to go broody? She is only wants to be in 1 certain nest box and ''growls'' at me when I try to move her. She has the ability to stand, but, doesn't want to. I know this is the wrong thread for this, so, I'll ask somewhere else also.
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  7. billrey

    billrey Out Of The Brooder

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    I wouldn't wrap the pipe with any externally. The chickens are bound to pick at it and eat it!
     
  8. ChickenMama17

    ChickenMama17 Out Of The Brooder

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    Here's a shot of my indoor waterer. The clear hose leads up to a 5 gallon bucket. I am wondering if I can put a submersible pump in the bucket with a plastic tube fed down into the PVC near the end if that would be enough to keep the water from freezing. Last night we got into the mid 20's. When I went out this morning the nipples were starting to freeze, but the main bucket was also almost empty and frozen on the top of the 1/2" of water. Some water would drip out when the nipples were pushed, but you could tell there was some resistance and then the nipples wouldn't stop dripping.

    Our coop is not yet fully insulated either, which I plan to finish this weekend! It is unseasonable cold her in IL!

    Really don't want to create a whole new watering system, but also don't want frozen water and dead birds. Thanks for suggestions and advice!!

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  9. farmchickutah

    farmchickutah Out Of The Brooder

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    Hmm I wonder if the expandable hoses would really work. I will have to read up on them. Hopefully they will. Thanks for the idea!
     
  10. jimmywalt

    jimmywalt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can get a submersible heater from Walmart for $14.94 and a submersible pump to keep the water moving from Harbor Freight for $5.99...... That's what I'm doing.

    Look here:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...r-very-easy-heated-waterer-for-under-20-bucks
     

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