Build Your Own Chicken Waterer!

by Joe on December 26, 2011 · 5 comments

in Do-it-yourself,Everyday Life,Homesteading

Need a better, cheaper way to provide water to your chickens? Well we did!  We recently retired one of the waterers we bought from the store after my 5-year-old Brown-eyed boy broke it trying to get ice out of it. I had this 5 gallon container, (I don’t recall where it came from), and I thought it would probably work well. It is completely enclosed except for the hole in the top. I also had an extra rubber feeding tub that worked great for the bottom part.

As you can see in the next photo below, I used my pocket knife to cut a hole in the top side, which, when flipped upside down, will be at about the right height so that the water doesn’t overflow the feed tub on the bottom. When the small hole is submerged below the water level in the feed tub, the rest of the water stays in the container and self feeds into the feed tub as the water level goes down.

And there it is!  The chickens love it!  And I won’t have to refill it for a few days…… The best part? I just saved myself about forty buckaroos!

- scribbled by Joe

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Nancy ~ Lessons Learned on the Farm December 27, 2011 at 9:43 PM

Love this idea, but I was wondering how you fill the waterer. Is there a twist lid on the top or is the opening at the bottom? My 10 year old is caretaker of the chickens so I was just wondering about if he’d have to take it off to fill it or if he could just add water as needed. He has a hard time carrying our waterers when they’re full.


Joe December 28, 2011 at 6:49 AM

The opening is at the bottom, so you have to flip it to fill it and to put it back. It would work though to use a container with a lid on top if the lid seals when it is shut and you have a way to stop the flow of water from below when you are filling it. Good luck! Hope it works for you!


Tony January 22, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Great idea. I always like seeing the innovative homemade solution instead of spending money for something. This one is especially good since it holds five gallons of water.


Joe January 22, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Thanks, Tony!


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