I posted about Diane
earlier, but I thought you’d also like to see her setup for the adult
poultry. This is a very elegant solution for the farmer who
really doesn’t want to have to worry about her chickens’ water on a
daily basis (or her ducks’ water, as the case may be.)
Diane built a tower to
elevate a 55 gallon drum, into which she installed a 2-way valve.
side of the valve feeds water to the 2″ pvc pipe with 3 nipples via
a length of hose. Gravity does all the work. The other
valve is the
inlet to simply connect the garden hose for no-mess filling or flushing.
other image shows her ducklings, now six weeks old, drinking from one
end of the waterer in the big picture. She wrote: “The hanging
chain can quickly be adjusted up as the ducklings grow bigger.”
Diane is clearly a
poultry lover, and also a great DIYer. She finished her email
with this note:
in the barn, except there are six valves on the 55-gallon drum,
providing water to 4 brooders, the ducks’ night pen, and the 6th valve
is used to either fill or flush the drum. This setup also
includes a handy water level indicator on the outside.
I would have submitted a picture of
this also, but it is a very poopy picture!!! The chickens and
guineas roost in the rafters directly above the drum and hoses!
Plus, it’s very difficult to get a clear photo of the waterers inside
of the brooders in the barn, the lighting is just not good
enough. You’d be impressed, though!
Diane is right — I’m
very impressed. Thanks for sharing this great setup!
If anyone else wants to
follow in Diane’s footsteps, our 10 pack
DIY chicken waterer kit is a great place to start.