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stevethejones

  • Joined Dec 2018
The best automatic drinking water system for hens please?
« on: May 19, 2021, 02:27:45 pm »
As the title asks, bonus points for pictures  :D

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
Re: The best automatic drinking water system for hens please?
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2021, 12:51:32 am »
How many hens?  Housed or free range?


For a few free range hens, we use the cheapest kind of drinker where you fill up the container, put the drinker part on top, invert it and place it on the ground and magically all the water doesn't fall out.  To supplement this, we have ponds, goose buckets and paddling pools which are automatically supplemented by frequent rainfall and the hens love the interesting flavours to choose from.  If all that fails, then a little man automatically goes round and refills the drinkers every day (Mr F  :D )


If you are looking for a nipple type drinker system for a large enclosed chicken house I can't contribute.
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Richmond

  • Joined Sep 2020
  • Norfolk
Re: The best automatic drinking water system for hens please?
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2021, 08:45:58 am »
Depends why you want it to be "automatic". Hens kept a long way from the house?

Buckets for hens to drink out of. Barrel of water outside pen to refill buckets from. Hose from outside tap to refill barrel when it gets low. Scrubbing brush kept nearby to clean buckets regularly.
Works for me and I have this system in place for all my various poultry around the holding.

harmony

  • Joined Feb 2012
Re: The best automatic drinking water system for hens please?
« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2021, 09:18:22 am »
We buy screw in nipple waterers which we then attach to a bucket with a lid. Cheap, easy and clean.


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DippyEgg

  • Joined May 2017
Re: The best automatic drinking water system for hens please?
« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2021, 07:53:06 pm »
We have these https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=MQrcTJM5Cy0. They work really well. We have a lidded container on a shelf under the run roof and the drinker is attached to that. We have a hose pipe connected to the container on the outside of the run so all we need to do to fill it up is to turn the tap on!

 It means we don't have to empty out mucky water to refill traditional drinkers with clean water, which is very helpful especially in the winter,  means less mud and mess.

 

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