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Adjustable chick waterer

Homemade chicken waterer adjusts using pegboard

Chicken tractor with nipple watererI love the ingenuity of Julie's adjustable chick waterer, seen above and described below:

I introduced my Light Brahma chicks to the water nipple drinking system in their brooder box when they were 3 weeks old.  My husband devised the pegboard system to raise the pipe up as they grew.  He used a zip tie to hold the peg bracket on the pipe. 

The chicks are now 6 weeks old and have moved into the newly constructed Chicken Tractor and they are choosing the nipple waterer over the traditional waterer.  I am weaning them off the waterers and installing the PVC system into the run but won't get it done in time to meet the photo contest deadline.  Next year!

In addition to enjoying the great solution for watering growing chicks, I like seeing that Julie's chickens have plenty of greenery in their tractor.  I often see folks make tractors too heavy to move easily, with the result that the chicken tractor quickly becomes a bare earth chicken run.  Great job, Julie!

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