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An easy way to keep your flock watered and not have a mess with overturned water containers!

Step 1: Supplies Needed

Here is a list of supplies that you will need for this project. I did add a few pieces to the pipes to make it easy to take apart and clean, but they could be left off to save money and to simplify the project. I will explain each addition throughout the project.

4 BeakTime Watering Cups (purchased through BeakTime.com)

2 foot piece of 1/2 inch PVC pipe

2 foot piece of 2 inch PVC pipe

3 inch piece of 3 inch PVC pipe (I had extra in my scrap pieces from previous projects)

4" X 3" PVC coupling

3" X 2" PVC coupling

4 - 1/2" adapters (male end threaded)

2 - 1/2" threaded caps

2 - 2" cleanout drain plug adapter

2" cleanout drain plug (threaded)

2" trap adapter fitting

2" 90 degree Cross Tee

2 - 2" X 1/2" Bushing

Pipe Joint Compound

PVC Cement

3 gallon or 5 gallon water jug (I chose a 3 gallon)

3 foot 2x6 lumber (I just used some scrap pieces I had)

Total cost of project is around $55.

Tkz julie...awsome idea
First kudos on your waterer and thanks for sharing. We will be copying pronto. Second on the ACV, I'm a big fan. It's a antimicrobial. It's acidity kills all kinds of stuff. And it's safe for humans, cats, dogs and who knows what else. I drink it whenever I'm starting to feel bad and it kicks whatever ails me usually. (A tsp in a small glass, drink very fast). Thanks again for sharing!!
<p>You can't see much but your chicken-run/coop looks well done. Did you make yourself? </p>
@ driscolldb, we haven't had problems with them roosting in the arms, probably because it is just a few inches off of the ground. We do have one bantam that likes to roost on the water jug.
@ JoLynnD1, be sure to leave the cap on the water jug to restrict the flow.
<p>Thank's .. I need this .. very goood</p>
<p>i made it but when i put the water bottle on it leaks</p>
Did you leave out a few pieces in the materials needed section?
<p>Hello! I using the same kind of waterers and working on a design. A couple of questions:</p><p>How do you keep the chickens from roosting on the arms and breaking them and/or soiling the cups? I imagine that a couple of chickens would put strain on it.</p>
<p>you could build little &quot;awnings&quot; over them, at steep enough angles, that the birds could not get a grip, it also helps keep them from fouling their own water, as they typically do.</p><p>Remember, also, to add apple cider vinegar, just a little, to their water, as it supports so much goodness in their diet.</p>
<p>Source on the apple cider vinegar in the water, please.</p>
<p>Years of raising fowl. I can't say where I originally learned it, it was too long ago. Likely from the local farmer's co-op. But, if you google it, you'll get lots of hits. My experience goes from raising them, to performing surgery on my own birds, including caponizing them. Chickens, turkeys, guineas, ducks, geese, etc.</p><p>I'm not what I consider an expert, by any means. I'm just very experienced. </p><p>Check on backyardchickens.com, for better advice than I can give. But, you're likely to get the same answers there.</p><p>I simply add a couple of ounces to every bucket of water. </p>
<p>The first result on google is a page saying that there is no real studies done to show any effectiveness in adding ACV to the water. As your anecdotal evidence has shown, and the website indicates, it clearly doesn't hurt them--but there isn't any real data on making it a benefit. The couple of studies they found (which I was unable to find any further studies done) were done for when you were slaughtering them. Not a continous steady supply of it through the water supply.</p><p>So, no harm to no foul as it were. But, also no real benefit either.</p><p>(Please continue to use ACV if you want to. I just don't see any real evidence that shows there is a benefit for me.)</p>
<p>That is great. I'm happy that you feel that way. It may be anecdotal, but it's what works for me. I've had far better results, using it, than when I was not using it.</p><p> I didn't post here to make a frigging argument. I posted my opinion. It's my opinion, and you can spend the rest of your life refuting or proving it. I really don't care, what science has proven. Millions of folks who keep chickens, do this routinely, for the health of their flock. And, I will continue to recommend it. Are you going to follow me around, and refute it, every time I recommend it, because it's what works for me?</p><p> IT WORKS FOR ME.</p>
<p>I really didn't mean to make you this upset. I asked for a source, you told me that it came from years of use and to google it. Googling it contradicted your experience pretty directly, as well as the papers I found on it published by peer-reviewed sources.</p><p>And no. I won't follow you around and refute it. I have my answer now, based on my judgement and my sources--and you have yours. Both are right for our situations.</p><p>Be well my friend.</p>
I love to see all the approaches to providing water and food for outside poultry. I have used large kitty litter plastic containers, the ones with the flap top lid and handle. I drilled two to four holes in the bottom and screw in the usual chicken nipple watering devices. A small dab of silicone sealeant helps if there is any leakage at the threading. A large hook against a wall or pole secures the container. The flip lid keeps the poultry waste from getting into the container and allows easily filling with a bucket or hose. This works well during the warmer weather when tending chickens, turkeys and pheasants. I have even used an immersible aquarium heater (designed specifically with shatter proof glass) to keep the water fluid in the late fall or early spring when temps can go low.

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