Homemade chicken waterer uses toilet float to stay full

Homemade, automatic chicken waterer with reservoir

We’ll return to our regularly scheduled chicken tractor construction info later in the week, but I got
an email from a customer that I wanted to share.  Jon Miller contacted me a few weeks ago to ask if he could put our chicken nipples directly into a water hose and leave it turned on so that he’d never have to refill his chickens’ water.  I told him that our nipples are meant to be used on gravity pressure only, but Jon wasn’t deterred.  He emailed me again last weekend to say:


I’m sending you some pics so maybe it will help someone else.  I wanted a way so I did not have to refill their water.  So I took a five gallon bucket and put a toilet float in it so it would stay full.


Automatic chicken waterer reservoir with toilet float


Then I just ran the water from the bucket to the chicken waterers.  Put water inside the coop and outside.  I know the chickens are really going to like these in the summers here in Arizona.  They will always have fresh clean water.
I loved your idea for the waterer for the chickens.  I have had one for my dogs for years.  They are great.  Thanks again.


Chicken waterer nipples in pvc pipe

Thanks for sharing, Jon!  I love your solution, and I’m sure your chickens do too.

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