5 Gallon Chicken Waterer

Introduction: 5 Gallon Chicken Waterer

Pretty simple to make and really inexpensive. Uses mostly left over and recycled material. I spent about $10 total and was enough to make 2 sets. But after the chickens catch on is a great way to provide them clean water.

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Step 1: What You Will Need

A 5 gallon bucket with lid.
A 28 inch piece of 2" PVC pipe
7- water nipples ( from internet about 25 cents a piece)
2 - 2" PVC caps ( I used test caps cause they are cheap)
2 -1/4 " diameter nylon hose barbs
2 - screw eyes to hang pipe
PVC glue and primer, cheap silicone,
And a few feet of 1/4 " tubing cheapest one

Step 2: Assembly

Really simple, use a marker and start 2 inches from end of the pipe and mark every 4 inches. this will put the nipples spread out enough for them to drink. I used a drill bit a hair smaller than the nipple. Here is where it gets tricky. The tube has to be sealed so be generous with the glue and silicone. I put it around every joint. I also used pressure caps just to keep cost down. I also used 1/4 " connecting barbs again they are cheap. I drilled a hole in the bucket as far on the bottom as I could and glued the barn in. Same thing on the drink pipe. Then just connect hose when you are ready. And let everything dry overnight. If you have never used drinking nipples with your chickens, loosen them a bit at first and the chickens will figure out where the water is. For the stand I used an old pallet. It was free. And pretty simple just construct something that will hold your bucket up. I place my waterer right at the tallest chickens head and seems to work fine. If I missed something let me know and thanks

Step 3: Test It Out

I would test everything before you put it in. A lot easier to connect outside of a coop.

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    5 Discussions


    4 years ago

    Where did you get the connecting barbs? I can't find anything in that size range


    Reply 2 years ago

    I found them in the specialty aisle for plumbing at Lowe's


    4 years ago on Introduction

    How hard is this to clean? do you have a problem with algae build up?


    5 years ago

    Is much easier, and the 5 gallons lasts almost a week with the 10 I have in that coop. No more heavy lifting was what I was aiming for! Thanks for the comment!

    This is great and it looks like it is easy to refill since you don't have to lug the entire bucket in and out of the chicken coop!