Today an on Homestead Homebodies we'll show you how to make a chicken waterer.
Some of the things you will need are a 5 gallon bucket, drill, drill bits, nipples, a socket wrench or pliers. We also used a pair of Tin Snips and a drill bit circle cutter.
The drill bit we use to make the holes for the nipples is 21/64. We used a 5/8 inch socket to tighten them down.
We start by drilling 4 holes into the bottom of the 5 gallon pail like this. Then we take one of the threaded nipples with a rubber washer and start threading it in by hand. Then we finish it up using the socket wrench. Be sure not to tighten it down too much as you may destroy the rubber washer.
Simply repeat this for the other 3 holes.
Next, we cut the plastic carrying handle off.
We then put a screwdriver through one of the support beams in the basement and bent a wedge into the handle so it would hang evenly.
We then used the hole cutter to make an opening where we could fill the bucket without removing the lid.
This is not necessary, but you should put one or two small holes in the lid to prevent creating a vacuum and preventing water flow.
Next, we inserted a screen to prevent debris from getting into the water. It fits snug, but we secured it with a magnet just to be sure.
Our chickens have never used a nipple waterer. As you can see, when filling it up the became quite curious.
They have since come to enjoy drinking from the nipples as much as we enjoyed making it for them.