This segment is an addition to the other segments on How to Make an Automatic Chicken or Bird watering system. In the last few posts, we built the initial reservoir and drinking cup. Now we can use the tee we left capped and run a mobile drinking station inside one of the coops. This can be duplicated many times over. The hose cannot be higher than the top of the water in the reservoir or the cups at any time or it won’t work.
The sprinkler housing is the best option I found, because it has a lip and already has a threaded insert on the bottom or the side.
Starting the frame, the cup will sit on this at the lip.
Make the keeper so the cup can be removed. This cup can be many other things, but it needs to have room for the birds to drink and have an insert for the water feed.
The level has to go down when it gets placed.
Expose the tee we left in the line. The most important guide line is the top of the water.
Drain the water so the hose fitting can get installed.
Hose is hooked up, it is time to get it into the other coop.
Set the cap and the barbed fitting to wherever you want. My installation was better on the side, because I had to dig it down.
Get the hose into the other place. Be sure the hose never gets above the top level of the water at any time.
Burying the hose will keep you from tripping over it and keep it cool. It also keeps the sun from wearing it out.
We want the water as close to the top as possible, without going over. This way there will be more the chickens won’t have to get way down there.
The frame allows you to move the cup up and down until it is right. Then you can fasten it where you want.
Dump out the cup to get all the sand out. This will have to be done periodically to clean.
They know where the water is now.