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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2017 5:58 pm 
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Hi all,

I today began building an automatic waterer. I have 39 chickens and need to fill the two current waterers twice a day now that it is warming up.
I have had an unused toilet in the shed for a long time and have decided to use the cistern to build a waterer onto. It will hang on the inside of the coop and attach to the tap that I put there last year. A flexi hose will run down to some pvc with some lubing nipples for an unlimited supply!

I connected the pvc pieces from Bunning today. It has cost around $20 so far.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2017 9:39 pm 
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Great! Looking forward to hearing of your progress :)

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2017 9:41 pm 
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Great idea to have an auto waterer. A word of advice from experience - always have a secondary supply on hand, especially in summer. If something goes wrong with the auto system you can have dead chooks very quickly.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2017 9:42 pm 
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Thanks!
I spent another $15 on some lubing nipples also. They should arrive in a week or so from dine-a-chook.
We got home late tonight and saw a fox on the way up the drive. The chickens were untouched though. I really need to install that automatic door that I built!

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2017 7:05 pm 
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Pulled the cistern out of the shed this afternoon.
You can have the water from the wall going into either side of most cisterns, the other side just has a threaded plug.
I've use the plug as the connector for the watered and drilled a hole through the plug so the water can flow!
I'll connect the tap to the other inlet at the bottom.

Just need to thread tap the poly pipe and screw in some lubing cups or nipples and mount it in the coop.

The coop had a step so I thought that would be a good location to span it over. That way smaller chickens can drink from the higher area and the adults can drink from down the step.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 12:06 am 
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I use toilet cisterns as waterers in all my large pens. The dog has one too. The water stays cool in the ceramic cisterns.
I like your idea of connecting to supply to lubing cups. Might try that in my nursery pens.

Some pics of how I have mine set up
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 9:42 am 
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That's awesome sue! I've not seen that post before. Maybe roll away nest boxes are on the cards now!

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 12:11 pm 
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Drilled holes and tapped the threads last night. I forgot to take a photo of the setup though!
Had to apply a lot of thread tape to prevent leaks at the thread.
I put one lubing cup in the system until they learn to use the nipples.

I also moved one of the previous waterers in for the chicks rather than the horrible dish with the upside down bucket units that always end up dirty.
This morning they were happily using the nipple water unit which is excellent. I'm yet to see the older chickens use the nipple system though.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 1:17 pm 
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Sounding great. Try some red texta on the nipples if they don't get it. They will peck at the red and be rewarded with water.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 3:04 pm 
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Ah great idea.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2017 8:18 am 
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Here's the working system. I will no doubt integrate it a bit better down the track but for the sake of practicality it is going to stay like this so that it is at least saving me time.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2017 8:38 am 
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excellent - thanks. Something like that is definitely on my list if/when I get some permanent nursery pens.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2017 9:17 am 
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Yes definitely worth the work I think! Next is to improve the feeding capacity.

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