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Drinkers

Post by rick » Sat Feb 09, 2019 10:31 pm

I've just ordered some of these drinkers. The chickens are staying in their run when when we go away for a couple of weeks (rather than off to boarding like before) and, although they are having a hen sitter, it will be easier for them and peace of mind for myself knowing that the water supply will look after itself.
I think these should be better than drinker nipples as there is actually a pool of water in the cup although the valve works the same way by being agitated by the chicken when it takes a drink. We shall see. They are very cheap and I will have 15 of them - I only need two or three.
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Re: Drinkers

Post by Marigold » Sun Feb 10, 2019 8:23 am

They look interesting, Rick. Shall look forward to pics when you've set them up, showing how they're connected.
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Re: Drinkers

Post by bigyetiman » Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:21 am

Looks an interesting set up Rick. Assume from the pic that it just screws into the water supply, and can be as easily removed for cleaning.
Let us know how it works
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Re: Drinkers

Post by Hen-Gen » Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:32 am

They do look good. Show us when they’re all set up.
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Re: Drinkers

Post by rick » Wed Feb 13, 2019 7:06 pm

Well it seems quite successful so far. I puzzled a while how to use a 22mm pipe. Most examples online use a bigger diameter pipe but I had 22mm and didnt want to buy a long length. The third pic shows my way of doing it - sleeves of the same pipe to build up the wall thickness and give more support to the thread. A 9mm hole worked well to self tap the thread on the cups into. Ideally an 8mm hole and the right size tap (as in engineers tap for forming a thread in a hole) would make things perfect but without one of those...
They are obviously leaking a little bit as Linden is preferring to drink the drips from under the cups at the moment. I thought the cups would fill just by the chickens nudging the yellow valve levers. Pom demonstrated that is much more effective to grab the yellow thing like a worm and try to rip it out! Plenty of water - Hooray! I'm glad I've got spares.
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Re: Drinkers

Post by rick » Wed Feb 13, 2019 7:07 pm

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Re: Drinkers

Post by rick » Wed Feb 13, 2019 7:23 pm

Its a low pressure system, by the way. Not for connecting directly to mains pressure. I've got the other end of the hose connected to a 100L water butt.
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Re: Drinkers

Post by bigyetiman » Wed Feb 13, 2019 8:55 pm

That looks really good Rick, I assumed it was connected to the mains glad you said it was a low pressure system.
You just knew didn't you that one of them would find an alternative method of using it, well done Pom. Keep us updated
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Re: Drinkers

Post by Tweetypie » Wed Feb 13, 2019 11:47 pm

What a brilliant idea! I think I will try to convince my OH to make something like this, using our water butt. :-)08
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Re: Drinkers

Post by Marigold » Thu Feb 14, 2019 8:48 am

Tweetypie wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 11:47 pm
What a brilliant idea! I think I will try to convince my OH to make something like this, using our water butt. :-)08
You will need to set up a new, clean water butt and fill it with mains tap water, because rainwater will have run over a roof somewhere where birds sit and poo, and other contaminants will get into it - which is why rainwater butts get a smelly slime at the bottom if not flushed out sometimes. Good for house plants but not for chickens! i have a dedicated water butt next to the run, which I fill from a hose when necessary, and it stays clean with no hole cut for a drain spout in the lid.
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