Today we are going to discuss automatic watering systems!We’re going to break the subject into four different parts:
- Overview and Benefits of Automatic Waterers
- Choosing a source for your automatic watering system
- Choosing the correct distribution method
- Choosing the correct delivery method
Overview and Benefits of Automatic Watering SystemsThe biggest benefit of automatic watering for your birds is to provide them with clean and fresh water at all times. A chicken drinks between 1 to 2 cups of water per day. A turkey can consume 2-3 cups per day. Now that might not seem like a lot but the ramifications of not getting your birds water can be huge. The first question that I ask when a customer asks why their birds stopped laying is have they had continuous access to fresh water. 9 times out of ten they say “yes… but there was that one hot day that they ran out”. A lack of water even just for several hours can cause a decline in rate of egg laying. So now we know why it is important for poultry to be getting water.
More benefits to automatic watering systemsYour chores will take less time. You can cut your chore time by a lot of time by providing automatic watering for your birds. You cut out one of the most time consuming chores. Bringing water to and from the coop.
They are generally easier to clean. Many times the automatic waterers deliver in a smaller container than would be required by a traditional manual chicken waterer. So that means that instead of bringing a large poultry waterer back to clean up at the hose many times you can just wipe them down and clean them right in the coop.
You can confidently ask someone to take care of your birds while you’re on vacation. Just make sure you do have a backup system ready and instruct them how to apply the backup system if the water stops flowing for some reason. Your backup can be as simple as a normal watering system.
The last reason is…. they can be fun to set up! This is a pretty simple project that can be fun to plan and think out how you are going to implement in your coop!!
Next Up: Choosing a source for your automatic poultry waterer.One of the first things you’ll need to figure out for your system is choosing a water source.
There are only a few ways to feed your automatic waterers, so this should be a pretty easy decision!
You can use a gravity feed system. This is the lo tech version of automatic watering and simply uses a bucket or a cistern to feed your waterers. The bucket can be as large or as small as you want it to be.
You would choose a gravity feed system to source your waterer for a couple of different reasons. The biggest reason would be because your water source is nowhere near your chicken coop. This would allow you to bring the water to your coop and hook it up to your automatic waterers. These are also low pressure, which means you would be able to use this type of setup.
The next source for your waterer would be a gravity fed system with a float valve on it. This would