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Looks great. Hopefully the hens will not kick the floor covering into the drinking troughs.
I always use a chicken sitter if I go away because I can never quite believe that any system is fool proof. But certainly this system looks excellent.
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Re: Drinkers

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Ahh thank you Marigold, I never thought of that! I feel it would be really useful in Summer, particularly after last year when it was so dry.
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There's a while yet (over a month) before we go away Hen-Gen so I'll see what goes wrong with it if anything. Will have a chicken sitter but they may have to miss a day on occasion and so if they only have to check the water is still working, top it up etc
We didn't have a rain water butt so I bought a slimline 100L one just for potable water storage. Could scrub up an existing one, I think, but yes - it would have to be for water that you would happily drink yourself and with a proper lid.
It's a little bit worrying at the moment because I'm going out in the morning and there is no water to be seen until they draw it themselves. Good thing about having valves is that the store of water should never be dirtied by them drinking from it.
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Re: Drinkers

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checked the drinkers when I got home and two of the cups were full, one empty. They were all almost empty this morning so they are obviously making the valves work. Also two eggs laid today :)
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After using these for a while I should let you all know that they work... but... not very well.
So, what I think is going on is that a slightly more pricey design may have a flat (or flatter) faced o'ring (and maybe a bit stiffer) so that displacement of the lever has more effect. The round o'ring is sealing too well at all angles.
However, I also think that the spring is a bit too strong so have cut a quarter off its length and tightened up the narrow end so it doesn't slip over the fixed middle ring on the lever. Seems to work much better. Id rather them let through a little too much water than not enough.
... the design is good but I think it is the materials in that the silicon o'ring is too soft for the strength of the spring. A bit of fine tuning to match them required.
... Yes, much better!
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The supplied weight of spring (with the supplied o'ring) only needs to be a bit longer than the end of the lever.
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One valve is now slightly leaking water through while standing so that length of spring is obviously right on the minimum. Easy to tighten it up a bit with some packing behind it on the shaft.
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