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Best homemade chicken waterers

Rain-filled chicken waterer

Anti-perch chicken watererOur customers have turned DIY kits into an astonishing number of efficient and beautiful waterers over the last year.  Some of them won prizes for their efforts (and if you're a chicken keeper, you should be aware that our automatic chicken feeder contest is still in effect until November 16).  Others simply shared their designs for the joy of it.

The photo to the right shows Robert's no-perch chicken waterer and the image at the top of the page is a chicken waterer that fills automatically from rainfall on the coop roof.  (The inventor of the latter tweaked his design to work in tractors too.)  Meanwhile, Michael performed an awesome experiment to determine the exact angle at which our nipples begin to leak.

Other favorite customer experiments include a waterer made out of a five gallon bottle, a funnel and hose technique to make our premade waterers easy to fill from outside the coop, and a drip tray so the coop floor always stays dry even if you How much can you tilt chicken nippleshave a messy drinker.

Closer to home, Shannon tentatively determined that our waterers might work for rabbits too, and Mark streamlined our heat tape bucket waterer to stay thawed down into the teens.

We're looking forward to seeing more beautiful designs (and chickens) over the next year.  Be sure to stay tuned to our chicken blog or facebook page if you want to know about upcoming contests in a timely manner.

This post is part of our 2012 Chicken Experiments lunchtime series.  Read all of the entries:

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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