Chickens need Fresh Water and a lot of it. It is very important to provide your Chickens with Fresh Water and a Homemade Automated Chicken Waterer will help you control your water flow and reduce labour, water will always be available, clean and fresh.
To make a Homemade Automated Chicken Waterer, you will need the following materials:
• The bottom part of a plastic drum
• One Ball Valve water float
• The Straight connector from the ball valve to the pipe that feeds the water
• Mesh wire
• Plumbers Tape
Watch this short video tutorial – How to make a chicken waterer
How to Make an Automated Water Drinker for Chickens – DIY Chicken Waterer
During the winter periods your hens don’t need as much water as they do in the summer; however, it’s still vitally important that they get an adequate supply.
On average their water intake will decrease by around 3 times during winter when compared to summertime.
Depending on where you live, wintertime for your chickens can be anything from mild discomfort to an absolute nightmare! Trudging back and forth to the hen house two or three times a day, carrying buckets of water, in heavy snow is not for the faint of heart!
In this chapter, we’re going to look at why chickens need water, how much water they need, and how to supply your chickens with fresh water during the winter months.
Hens, like humans, are more sensitive to a lack of water than a lack of feed, and if chickens lose access to their water supply, even just for a few hours, it can put them off laying for several days, if not weeks. This also applies if you are growing your chickens for meat. Chickens without water won’t have much of an appetite so they won’t grow as big.
A restricted supply of water can also cause problems with digesting food. Chickens use the moist water to help break down and soften the grain they eat. Without this water, the grain can form small lumps in the chicken’s crop (small sack where food is kept after swallowing) and cause breathing difficulties.
All in all, chickens with access to clean, fresh water will grow healthier, bigger and lay more eggs for you!
How Much Water Do They Need?
If you’re looking for a quick rule of thumb, during the winter your chickens’ water intake will be roughly 1.5 times their feed intake. And in normal temperatures chickens drink roughly 2 times the amount of feed they eat.
The easiest way to ensure they are getting enough water is to make sure their water bowl is kept full at all times.
If you have watched chickens for a length of time, you will find that they don’t drink large quantities of water at once, they tend to drink small amounts and often, which is why they need access to water at all times.
With their feed, I weigh it out and make sure they get an exact amount; whereas with their water I never ‘ration’ how much water they get. I just always make sure their water bowl is full.
If you want healthy chickens you too should also never restrict their access to fresh clean water.
DIY Homemade Chicken Water Feeder. How to make a simple and easy chicken waterer at home using recycled materials. This feeder works great for a small or a large number of chickens. This waterer helper will save you a lot of time
This chicken waterer works on the gravity-fed system and we only fill the 1000 litre tank once a week.
This automated water system can be used for all animals and pets. You can scale it down for birds, dogs and cats.
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Chicken waterer systems are expensive and this short video tutorial will show you to make your own. If you need to buy parts for the waterer you can surely find them at your local hardware store.
Water is a critical but often overlooked, nutrient. Animals can survive longer without food than they can without water. Water is involved in every aspect of animal metabolism. It plays an important role in regulating body temperature, digesting food, and eliminating wastes.
At normal temperatures, chickens typically consume twice as much water as feed. During periods of high temperature, water consumption can double or quadruple. To remain healthy, poultry flocks require water of adequate quality and quantity.
Several factors influence water quality, including the colour, taste, and odour of water, as well as the presence of bacteria or other microbes, the levels of minerals, and other chemical and physical factors.
Building a Homemade Automated Chicken Waterer:
Many people don’t include information about water in their information about keeping chickens – because it is, well, just water, isn’t it? Well, in fact there is much to be said about drinking water for chickens and it is absolutely essential for their well being.
Water needs to be fresh: if you leave it in the container for a few days at a time, it will start to go stagnant and turn green.
Now I hear you say that chickens can drink out of a muddy puddle and it does them no harm? That water is usually fresh rainwater and the mud will certainly not harm them – but the water kept in plastic containers that have turned green should be thought of as “bacteria soup” because it’s full of bacteria that can harm them.
Green drinking water is a sure way to be asking for trouble with diseases and should be avoided.
Changing their water daily or every-other-day is easy enough and if you rinse the container out, you can use a small washing up brush around the lip and inside to remove any build-up of anything nasty.
A chicken’s body is constantly challenged by bacteria that cause diseases in their environment. Their body will build up an immunity (known as acquired immunity), however giving them large doses of “bacteria soup” will risk them becoming ill so please change the water daily or at least every other day!
When you change their water, watch them rush over and take a drink – they do appreciate clean drinking water!
Water needs to be kept in the shade during very hot weather: Chickens can handle the cold very well, they fluff up their feathers to trap air which insulates their body, however they can’t handle the heat very well. Chickens can’t sweat, they can only pant to lose heat through the air they breathe out and drink water to cool themselves down. During very hot weather, it is best to place their (fresh!) water in a shaded position (and after reading about shelter for chickens under the ‘Getting Started’ menu, you will of course be providing them with adequate shade).
Water containers left in the sunlight can soon heat up the water inside to a high temperature which means chickens can’t lose as much heat by drinking so please, keep their water in the shade during hot weather and if you can, give them some fresh, cool water when it’s hot.
Water containers for chickens come in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit your needs. Some are galvanised and will last a very long time but the majority are plastic.
Last a lifetime, withstands Knocks
Cannot be used to give Apple Cider Vinegar since the acid corrodes the galvanising
Doesn’t show you how much is left in the container.
Can be used to give Apple Cider Vinegar in the water
Shows you how much water is left
Will only last a couple of years – bases crack, locking bits snap off or handles break, colours fade in the sun.
Will crack if you drop or knock it when full.
Build Your Own Homemade Chicken Waterer
Homemade Automated Chicken Waterer