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.
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.
Thanks for sharing, Jon! I love your solution, and I’m sure your chickens do too.
I sure would like to know how Jon got the nipples to seat into the
PVC pipe. I tried and tried every way I could think of to use a similar
setup, but the nipples leaked around the hole in the pvc pipe no
matter what I tried. What’s the secret, Jon?
Hmm — he didn’t mention doing anything special there. Did you use the right size drill bit?
I sent an email to Jon for more info and he said:
“I didn’t do anything special. I just drilled the hole size that you said to use in the directions and just screwed the nipple in. You might want to make sure she drilled the right size hole first. If the hole is to big the threads won’t cut right when you screw in the nipple. My suggestion if the nipples are leaking from
the threads would be to wrap some teflon tape around the threads or maybe some pipe dope. Hope this helps.”
just put a small bead of silcone around them and it will stop leaking
Good suggestion! We always tell people to add silicon if they’re concerned about leaks. On the other hand, we’ve discovered that using the right drill bit will stop most leaks before they start.
Where did you get your metal stand for the 5 gallon bucket
I got this note from Jon in response:
> I work in manufacuring where I can get as much scrap steel as I want to do
> any home project. I made the bracket myself.
No wonder the mount is so elegant!
How far off the ground is John’s waterer?
I’d say it’s about the standard (18 inches off the ground) that we recommend.
I have looked everywhere for the drain setup you have for the waterer. What parts did you use? Thanks
Are you talking about the plumbing pieces that connect the bucket to the PVC pipe? Those are off the shelf parts that you can find in the plumbing section of most large hardware stores.
I used the drain that is for a evap cooler. It has threads that fit a regular garden hose. They sell them separatly in the hardware store.
Thanks for chiming in, Jon!
…Getting fed a constant supply of Sweet Baby Rays! j/k
Love the set up and soon to be building one for the warmer months here in MI.
cofwhite45 — You might be interested in poking around our heated chicken waterer page. There are some options for heating PVC pipe waterers, although it’s tougher than bucket waterers.