Bucket Conversion Kit - Deluxe
Product No. BUCK-FT
This is the instructions to hook up the bucket waterering option up to your ft2500, ft2550, ft 2525and your drink sticks.
This bucket kit uses 1/4" flexible tubing and 1/2" NPT plumbing fittings. It will allow you to have two buckets. One that is attached to your waterer and one that you bring back to where you fill your waterer. This allows you to take one less trip to fill your gravity feed system. You essentially don't have to go out grab the bucket bring it back then fill it and then bring it back to your coop. It cuts out one trip and you easily take the bucket off and hook it back up using a quick release system. This does not come with the buckets you must supply them.
Step 1. Drill a hole in that bucket! Actually drill a hole in two buckets.
Drill a 7/8" hole in a bucket about an 1.5" above the bottom of the bucket. This allows any sediment to settle to the bottom of the bucket instead of getting into the waterer. Use either a paddle sytle drill bit or a regular style drill bit. Tip: paddle style drill bits are much cheaper in this size range. Just make sure you go slowly when you drill the hole and you should have a hole that is sufficiently smooth to get a good seal.
Step 2. Install the through bucket fitting
Then use the two O-Rings to seal the hole around where the hole is. The order for this will be Through bucket fitting then screw on one of the backer nuts then an Oring then put that through the bucket then an Oring then another backer nut. Another tip, if you want to use silicon instead of the rubber washers feel free the silicone can provide a better and long lasting seal.
Step 4. Attach the hose to the bucket
Then use the 1/4 Inch hose to attatch to the 1/4" fitting coming out of the bucket. Use a zip tie as a tube clamp and clamp down the 1/4" hose onto the 1/4" barbed hose fitting.
Put the Hose clamp on this portion of the hose. This will stop water from flowing out of the fitting when you are filling the bucket.
Step 6. Install the quick release fitting
Then cut the hose to the length you want to be at your quick release fitting. Use the male fitting on the piece of hose that will go tok your bucket. Put the hose over the barb fitting. Install a zip tie as a tube clame at the fitting.
If you have the deluxe bucket kit for two buckets you will need to do this step twice. Which will enable you to take one bucket with you when you leave so you can leave one bucket hooked up to the fount and have one bucket with you. This allows you to cut your watering trips in half. You don't have to go get the bucket bring it to your spicket fill it. Instead you leave a bucket with the waterer bring one with you. When you go to fill the water you then bring one full bucket and swap it for the empty bucket.
Step 7. Instll the female side of the quick release fitting.
Install The female quick release on the hose that will be going to the fount. Use a zip tie to on the barbed hose fitting as a hose clamp for the. Also install the one of the hose clamps on this side so you can turn off the water if needed.
Step 6. Hook the fount to your bucket system.
Use the 1/2" fitting that is the same as the through bucket fitting. It fits into the 2500 fount. You will want to install the 1/4" fitting into the ft2500 and then put the hose that runs from the female quick release fitting onto the 1/4" barbed hose fitting.
Then fill your bucket and make sure your hose clamps are open and allowing water to flow to your fount. It will now fill with water.
Bring your empty bucket with you to where you fill up your water. Then you can bring out a full bucket and replace your empty bucket with the full bucket of water.