Thursday, May 15, 2014


























Tired of cleaning the chicken water dish?  In this video, I will show you the process I used to build our no-maintenance watering system and install it in our chicken coop.  This system was designed to tie into a future rain barrel system that I hope to setup soon.





To teach the chickens how to drink from it, I held each of their beaks up to the chicken nipple until the water dripped out.  It took a few tries for each bird over a period of a couple days, and only when I took away their plastic dish and they were thirsty enough, did they really catch on to the chicken nipples.  The chickens have been exclusively drinking from the nipples for about three days now.


I hope this helps inspire some ideas for your coop as well!

Thanks for watching,

Todd



 
 
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    1. Doesn't really need to be as they let a little bit of air in when the peck at it. You'll have to come down and see it sometime:)

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  2. How do you prevent mold growth in the water lines? Mold loves moist dark places, and since you cant see inside, how do you know you arent feeding the chickens a dose of mold/toxins with their water?

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    1. The watering system is constantly being filled and emptied and kept sealed off from outside air. After a year of use there has not been any mold or mildew buildup in the system so far. I also have a cleanout at the bottom of the pipe that I can unscrew and run a brush through it or blast it out with the hose if needed.

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  3. Love your site and have used tons of your ideas. FYI, I built this watering system a few months ago, but my hens have never really gotten use to it. I contemplated "retiring" their regular hanging watering trough, but have kept it around to make sure they're getting water. The nipples seem to work fine and especially when I allow some ventilation, thus causing a slight drip, they notice the water source and will sometimes come. But in order to prevent an ongoing drip, I close off the cap...but then the hens don't see/notice the water. Suggestions?

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  4. Love your site and have used tons of your ideas. FYI, I built this watering system a few months ago, but my hens have never really gotten use to it. I contemplated "retiring" their regular hanging watering trough, but have kept it around to make sure they're getting water. The nipples seem to work fine and especially when I allow some ventilation, thus causing a slight drip, they notice the water source and will sometimes come. But in order to prevent an ongoing drip, I close off the cap...but then the hens don't see/notice the water. Suggestions?

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  5. I found your video on youtube this morning and then came here to comment - I made one this afternoon! So straightforward since the inside part of our coop is full height with a repurposed door, so I only did an L shape. Dad had the pipe and an elbow and the top cap, I had to purchase the strapping, nipples, and the cleanout cap. All up about $20 but I'm really happy with it! Wish I could post a photo here..

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