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Chicken bucket waterer lid

Step by step photos to make a homemade chicken waterer lid.I always enjoy getting photos from our customers, especially the ones who use some ingenuity when putting together their homemade chicken waterers.  Ruth H. emailed me a couple of weeks ago with her method of keeping her bucket waterer poop-free without making it hard to fill:

I wanted to share my idea for the people who make their waterer out of the buckets at the hardware store. In my case, it's a 2 gallon bucket, but it'd be the same for a 5 gallon except it'd have a 3rd nipple.

I used a couple things I found in the PVC pipe section of the hardware store to make an easy way to refill the bucket. I don't know the names of the items, though, lol. It's wide enough for me to insert my hand if need be, or to put in one of those small water heaters they use for bird baths in the winter.


I know from experience that the plastic lids they make for five gallon buckets can be a serious pain to take off and put back on, so I think Ruth's use of plumbing pieces has real potential.  Thanks for sharing, Ruth!

Bucket waterer in a coop.


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can you put heating tape in water to keep it from freezeing, or shoud I keep it on the out side of the bucket?
Comment by linda early Saturday morning, June 4th, 2011
If you're going to put something in the water, I'd recommend a submersible heater. You can get stock tank heaters or aquarium heaters --- the latter are cheaper, but not as effective. The trouble there is that if you live in a very cold climate the nipple will still freeze up.
Comment by anna late Monday evening, June 6th, 2011






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