Friday, April 27, 2012

Are your Free Range Chickens Thirsty?

I feel like I am constantly refilling water for our backyard chickens, the dog, wild birds, and the kids. After visiting with our friend Travis, he showed me a cheap way to keep water out and me away from the hose for a longer period of time.

Farm and Fleet and TSC both sell big watering units for your flock that cost $18.00 - 30.00. For Under $10.00 you can easily make your own that will even hold more water and the dog can use.

Purchase a feed pan (basically an over-sized pie pan). Gather up a clean 5 or 7 gallon bucket, 1/4" drill, and 2 bungee cords. Drill a hole 1/2" to 3/4" down from the lip of the bucket. Fill it up with fresh water, place the pan over it and quickly but carefully flip it over and place on the ground. Secure the bucket to the pan with the bungee cords, and you are all set.

If the water over fills the pan, you know you drilled the hole(s) down too far on the bucket and will need to try again using another one. Measure first!

Cheers~ Kevin
best urban backyard chicken waterer
Best backyard chicken waterer


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    1. You're very welcome! Try it out and let us know how you like it!


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