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Bucket Chicken Waterers

Buy it in our store.Backyard chicken keepers with more than a dozen chickens often turn to bucket waterers for clean, economical drinking waterer.  By installing multiple chicken nipples in the bottom of a five gallon bucket, you can provide water for up to 50 chickens.  (Be sure to provide at least one cup of water per chicken and to ask no more than 17 chickens to share the same nipple.)

Chickens drinking from nipplesWe recommend that you buy the 3 pack DIY chicken waterer kit for up to 50 birds or the 10 pack DIY kit for up to 166 birds.  The 39 page instruction file that will ship on your CD gives information on building a simple bucket waterer, a heated bucket waterer, and a PVC pipe waterer, along with many other options.

Chicks drinking from bucket waterer

Bucket and PVC pipe watererDrop a note in your order of the 10 pack DIY kit and we'll leave out your hanging wires (unnecessary when making bucket waterers) and will throw in an extra nipple instead.  Unfortunately, we are unable to include extra nipples in 3 pack DIY kits.

Want to see more innovative waterers?  Check out recent blog posts about bucket waterers.

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Have you had anyone send pictures of waterers they've built with your chicken nipples that has been attached to a rain barrel? It's late in the year to tackle the project now, but I am thinking of trying to do something this spring.
Comment by Heath Tuesday night, November 29th, 2011
I've been itching to make one myself, but haven't, and no one has sent me any photos or notes about making one themselves. If you try it, I hope you'll send me photos! I don't see any reason it wouldn't work.
Comment by anna Friday evening, December 9th, 2011
I would question the quality of the water. I dont empty out enough water to think that no nasty stuff is left. I wouldnt trust it from a health of your chicken point.
Comment by Chris Thursday night, March 15th, 2012
Chris --- Good point. Perhaps if the rain barrel had a first flush overflow system and filter the way I've seen on some.
Comment by anna Tuesday afternoon, March 20th, 2012
I made an auto-fill waterer using a 5 gallon bucket and a toilet float that hooks up to a garden hose. Worked great!!!
Comment by Eric mid-morning Monday, October 29th, 2012

I built one this last summer and at first I thought it was great. I did find that I had to clean it often because of debris that the chickens were dropping in the holes around the sides. I also found that I had to heat the water in the winter and I used foam insulation on the hose leading to the bucket. The chickens destroyed the insulation. I use a bird bath heater in the tank but that doesn't work for the hose. Now I am deciding between a hanging bucket or the PVC pipe system. We are building a new chicken house this spring and I think that the bucket would be easier. Looking forward to the warm and dryer season. :)

Comment by Louise J. Smith late Sunday night, January 28th, 2013
Louise --- Sorry you had trouble! A well-fitting lid is definitely a must, and we use Reflectix insulation because any other kind is like chicken candy. My favorite simple heated option is this one, which is what we use ourselves, with an extra layer of reflectix. Good luck!
Comment by anna early Monday morning, January 28th, 2013
That looks ideal. 5 gallons inside a covered container. What prevents it from pouring down? What sort of container is below with the nipples on it? I have 12 chickens now and will have up to a total of 20 this summer. I want it to be easy to water them. I want it to be very easy to make and work!
Comment by Toby Thursday evening, May 9th, 2013
Toby --- The CD that comes with our DIY kits includes step by step instructions for making a PVC pipe waterer like the one shown in the third photo above. The nipples are designed to hold back the water until the chickens peck at them. I hope that answers your question!
Comment by anna Friday evening, May 10th, 2013

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