Jack F. emailed me a photo of his unique homemade chicken
waterer setup. He had an old hot water heater — no longer
functional as a heater, but with a large storage capacity. Jack
emailed me to ask if I thought he could install the nipples directly
into the base of hot water tank.
Unfortunately, chicken nipples are meant to be installed in relatively
thin-walled containers, so that idea didn’t float. But Jack
didn’t give up. Instead, he sent a hose out of the hot water tank
and then attached that to a length of pvc pipe. The nipples were
easy to install in the pipe, allowing Jack to space them out to give
all of his chickens a safe place to drink.
Here’s the really cool part — Jack added another thin hose running
vertically out of the main pipe. He added a few drops of red food
coloring to the water in the tank, and now the vertical hose is a quick
and easy way to tell how much water is in the tank. As the
red-colored water drops in the vertical hose, he knows it’s dropping
similarly in the tank. Great idea! Thanks for sharing!