Thursday, May 29, 2014

5 Gallon Chicken Waterer

Have you ever searched the web and found a "how to" video that just makes you feel dumb because its too easy.  That is how I felt after finding the video on how to build a chicken waterer with a 5 gallon bucket.

As recently discussed in my post on our Freedom Ranger chickens we are raising, we need a better watering system.  Currently used is a gallon waterer that is at any feed store.  The problem is that 27 birds seem to drink about 3 gallons of water a day. Therefore, we have to get new water for them at least 3 times a day.  I don't really want to spend $20 plus at the feed store for a waterer.

It really is as simple as getting a 5 gallon bucket with a lid and a steel pan with a lip of about 2-3 inches. These are easily found at a feed store like Coastal Farm.  Drill two 3/8 inch holes about an inch up from the lid.  Fill the bucket with water, put the lid on, and flip it upside down in the pan.  There you have it, a 5 gallon chicken waterer.  If I remembered my physics classes from college this would make sense.

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