Happy Chickens with Innovative Chicken Waterer Plans

Putting water into a bowl for chickens generally is not a great idea. They tend to fill water dishes with dirt and feathers. If you want your birds to have clean water making or buying a chicken waterer is important. You will need to take into account several factors when selecting either a project to make one or the size you need to buy one. A good watering method will be automatic and free up time in taking care of the birds while providing them with clean clear water on demand…

One method would be to use a commercially bought watering unit like is used for small mammals and pet birds, only modified with a larger tank and several valves.

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If this is too expensive you could try chicken nipples. In both cases you will have to teach your birds how to use them, but once they get used to the idea, you’ll find much less wasted water. Some people do not have the patience to teach their chickens to use the valve or nipple method. In this case you can use either a hose drip system (with a catching plate) or a reservoir system that works on the same concept. As long as the entire thing makes a vacuum little water will be wasted.

The bucket waterer is very common. It uses a tight sealed bucket with 6 small holes drilled in the base. This is attached to a 3 to 5 inch deep tray that is 5 to 6 inches larger than the bucket itself. Water pressure will keep the water in the tray level with the holes. If you want to limit the amount further you can use a rubber sheet (an old inner tube works) with smaller holes over the larger ones that only drip when a chicken is drinking.

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Of special consideration is overly hot and freezing situations that your chicken waterer might be exposed to. In the cases of warm weather algae might grow in the reservoir. Adding one teaspoon of apple-cider vinegar to every quart of water will stop this and benefit the chickens. On the other end, staving off the build up of ice can be a challenge. Using a light bulb under the reservoir either inside a cinder block or a platform that has a hole in it (which works only for a metal plate waterer) is one option… Using fish tank heaters and heating strips also work.


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