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Welcome to the world of automatic poultry watering.  There are many reasons for having automatic poultry watering.   They can help you confidently get away from your flock for the weekend.  Cut down on morning chore time, help to keep your pens clean and also give you the satisfaction of installation and figuring out your own system.

The set up of these systems is as limitless as your imagination.  There are a few basic setup principles that you must follow but beyond that you can certainly set them up however you would like.  This article will discuss the generalities that apply to all automatic watering poultry systems and then you can apply these principals to whichever system you would like to use. 

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The first important component to discuss is the water supply of your automatic watering system.  There are a few different ways that you can use to feed your automatic watering system the most basic breakdown of these is between gravity fed and direct feed.  Gravity fed systems use a reservoir to provide water to the system.  Think of these as supplying your own miniature water tower for your automatic watering system.  This is usually done with a five gallon bucket with a through bucket fitting.   

Direct feed systems directly hook up to your water source.  These usually hook up to a garden hose and then into your system.  Next we will look at each of these water sources in detail.   The final water supply type is a hybrid of these two systems.  These are known as float valve gravity fed systems, these are great because you get the best of both worlds.  Your garden hose supplies your system with continuous fresh water but you can manually fill it and mix your system just as you would with gravity or tank fed system.

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