DIY Automatic Chicken Coop Waterer
A chicken coop waterer is an important part of chicken raising. Chickens need fresh water at all times in order to stay in optimum health. Adequate hydration all throughout the day is especially needed to maintain proper digestion and metabolism. Without access to frsh water, you will find that your flock will soon stop laying eggs. Worse, they could be vulnerable to heat stroke and impaired immune systems. In this post, we provide you with instructions for a DIY automatic chicken coop waterer. An automatic chicken coop waterer is fairly simple to make. All you need are some inexpensive parts that can be bought at your local hardware store.
How to make a Chicken Coop Waterer
1. Take the bucket and drill a hole in the side of the bucket a couple of inches near the bottom. Use a drill bit whose diameter is slightly smaller than the diameter of the tubing used with the bell-style waterer.
2. Cut the end of the tubing into a 45 degree angle and feed it through the drilled bucket hole. You can use the needle-nose pliers to pull the tubing out; there should be at least two inches of tubing inserted inside the bucket.
3. Suspend the bell-style waterer inside the coop. Make sure that the lip of the waterer hangs at the proper height, which is the same as the height of the chickens’ backs.
4. Install the bucket on a ledge that is higher than the waterer so that the water will flow down from the bucket to the waterer without the need for any automatic valves. The bucket would be easier to refill if it is mounted outside the coop. However, if you would rather install it inside the coop enclosure that is fine too, just make sure that the ledge where the bucket is installed is sturdy enough to support the bucket when it is filled with water. Make sure that the bucket won’t accidentally fall over, or you could hurt the chickens.
5. Finally, fill the bucket with water.
Make sure that the water is indeed feeding into the chicken coop waterer.While an automatic chicken coop waterer does ensure a fresh supply for the flock, be aware that chicken coop waterers can sometimes fail. It would be best to have a back-up water supply ready in case it happens; else, your chickens could end up dehydrated, especially during warm weather.