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Chickens need water but the conventional water containers for chickens allow water to go stagnant and accumulate back wash when the chickens drink. So you are forever changing and cleaning their water.

The idea behind this system is that there is no way for any back wash to enter the water and the water staying fresh. 

To start with you need the following items:
- PVC down pipe (2 lengths to suit your situation)
- PVC 90 deg bend to fit the down pipe
- 2 end caps to fit your down pipe
- PVC cement
- watering nipples
- rubber gloves for protection
- 2-3 x wall brackets to fit your down pipe and screws (not shown in picture)
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Step 1: Bottom pipe

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We will make an L shape with the two length of PVC pipes with the watering nipples aligned along the bottom of the L shape.
Pick one length of PVC pipe to become the bottom part of the L shape. If necessary cut to size so it will fit the location where you are planning to install this system.

Now drill holes  along a straight line. Leave enough space on either end to fit an end cap and the 90 deg bend without overlapping any holes. The diameter of the holes should you slightly smaller than the diameter of the threaded part of the watering nipples.

I generally space the holes far enough apart so one to two chickens can get to each watering nipple at the same time.

Step 2: End cap along bottom

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Now smear a coating of the PVC cement around one end of the bottom pipe and the inside of one of the pipe ends.
Once they are both coated put the pipe end onto the coated pipe end and push on all the way. The PVC cement I used sets pretty quickly and takes a little longer to cure.

Read the instructions that come with your PVC cement.
dave.mrpe24 days ago

Great idea! Been looking and making something like this but i tend to over complicate things haha.

As my hens are on an allotment im trying to think of a way i can rig it up to the roof gutters to keep it topped up with rain water.....




MarkSBurgunder (author) 1 month ago

Since the container is fully enclosed, no light enters it, which means no algae grows.
On top of that I put a few drops of colloidal silver or grape seed extract in the water ever now and then to keep he chickens healthy. That also "disinfects" the water and container to a point.

How do you prevent algea growing on the inside of the pipe?

I ended up using a 2" PVC pipe and since it was on an outside coop/run, I used one of the support beams and used only one bracket and 90 degree elbow. I used a Velcro for the long beam on the chicken wire. Had a faulty leak after I installed the nipples. I thought I ran the test thru after I drilled the holes but I guess there was more water pressure when the long tube was installed. Nothing a little pinky finger and Teflon tape couldn't handle. Thanks for your instructable. The girls have barely played with it but it's only day one and only one pecked at it.
MarkSBurgunder (author)  Siagonrocks1 year ago
I trained our Hens by sitting with them next to the water system and playing with the nipples. The hens got interested in the water dripping from my fingers and learnt how to tease the water out of the system in no time.
Just show them.
MarkSBurgunder (author) 1 year ago
Filling it up is not a big issue. I use a watering can without the sprinkler rose on the end to fill it and you can easily hear how it fills up and when it gets close to full. Similar to the change in sound when you fill a glass.
Also with a 90mm opening you can look into it and easily see the water level.
Do you find it hard to see where the water level is until its too late and over flows? I was thinking of putting a plastic colored ice cube so there's a visual aid in determining the water level. Your thoughts?
embochner2 years ago
i like this idea, very innovative