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Making a chicken waterer question
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jennifer    Posted 07-22-2003 at 11:59:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I am tring to make a 55 gallon waterer, what we have done so far is mounted the plastic drum about 3 feet in the air and put a boiler valve on it and hooked a hose up to that, my question is should the water stop filling the container when it gets to the level just over the hose or are we going to have to put a flow valve with a float on it at the end of the hose into the container. any suggestion anyone can give me would be great. I have a wedding to go to this weekend down state and don't have any one that can water my chickens so if i don't get this figured out i don't get to go.

thanks in advance jennifer

Ivey    Posted 07-22-2003 at 17:07:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
If the drum is sealed air-tight, it will work like any waterer would, just mount the hose or pipe where the chickens can't move it around.If it's 1 inch above the level in their drinking dish, that's how much water they'll see.
If the drum is not air tight, how about just fixing a faucet that will drip slow? That should last for a day at least.

Annie in KY    Posted 07-22-2003 at 12:16:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I think you're going go have to install a float valve in the waterer. Since you have the water source 3 feet in elevation the water will continue to flow out until the water level in the drum is below the level of where the bowl is located. You might try raising the water bowl up on something. I don't know if your chickens will be able to access it easily then.

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