It’s really important to make sure your backyard chickens have constant access to clean water – and it’s easy to do with an automatic waterer.
You can buy one, or make one yourself. It takes just a few minutes!
Here’s a collection of DIY chicken waterers we found on Instagram – they look pretty easy to make, too!
Automatic waterer out of an old barrel
This one looks pretty easy to make. Some nipples, a drill with the right bit, and you’re good to go. Just make sure if you buy a used barrel, it only contained food and is food-safe.
We use barrels in this DIY horse feeder tutorial – they previously had coffee in them.
Use PVC for easy install
This waterer uses PVC. You can’t see the rig outside the coop, but if you had a rain barrel outside the coop, then the waterer could stay full by gravity.
The set up below should only cost a few dollars to make – PVC is pretty cheap. Something else to consider is keeping it unfrozen during the winter. It will either have to be insulated or you can try PEX.
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Add nipples to a 5 gallon bucket
My tutorial up there uses a dish as the bottom of the waterer, but you can also try hanging the bucket. This one looks easy to build – you would just need the nipples and a drill, and a sturdy place to hang the waterer.