Rain barrel chicken waterer
We call our chicken waterers "automatic", but the truth
is that you do eventually have to fill the buckets, whether that's once
a week or once a month. That's why I was so thrilled to see Glenn
Ingram Jr.'s waterer, which used gutters to capture rainwater, creating
a truly automatic chicken waterer. Assuming the pipes don't clog
up and there's no drought, Glenn's flock should keep right on drinking
no matter what.
Glenn installed a gutter
on his coop with a two inch pipe coming down to fill a five gallon
bucket. He recommends upgrading to a three inch pipe if your coop
is much larger, but says his setup works great.
"So far, this has been a maintenance-free system. I have not had to fill this since I first installed it.
"I had 12 chickens on this system through the winter and they never even came close to emptying their water. I just keep an eye on the water level indicator when I feed them.
"It rains often enough here that it is simply kept full by the rain. Even a very light rain will fill this bucket as anyone with a rain barrel will know.
"Obviously, this would not work in the winter if your temperatures are too low to allow rain or melting of snow. We had an extremely mild winter so there were no problems."
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