First up was a little project to update the chicken waterer. The heated dog bowl worked good through the winter but, being chickens and all with a somewhat lackadaisical sense of good hygiene, it was hard to keep the water clean. At least for the summer we are going to nipple waterers made from PCV. The plan is add a chicken-safe heat tape to the waterer for the winter, but we'll see.
|I used 4" (about 10 cm) PVC so the pipe can be the reservoir. The bit on top is a clean-out. I hope I don't need it.|
|Made a small pilot hole, then larger holes sized to the watering nipples. There are 4 nipples total for 15 birds.|
|No task at the Hoosier Country Home is completed without a chicken-helper's inspection. The purple stuff on the pipe is PVC cleaner. I didn't need to use it, but it seemed like the right thing to do.|
|Sometimes you have to 'bribe' the inspectors with a little scratch. Shhhhh!!!|
|The completed project! The pipe straps I used as hangers will make it easy for me to adjust the height a few inches. The nipples are about 20" (about 51cm) off the floor.|
|Feeders and waterer from the inside of the coop.|
|Feed and water are both filled from the 'people' area where you have a better chance of keeping your shoes clean.|
|De fills the waterer. It holds just over 2 gallons. And 'no' they don't get distilled water, the jug is just being re-used.|
- Only cut into the truck tailgate bedliner a little when cutting parts to size.
- No more than one (or two) instances of "glue before trial fit, grouse, cut, dry fit, glue again".
- No more than two trips into town for parts.
- Minor injuries allowed only for people. None allowed for chicken-helpers.
Next up: Shelf for the hoop-house shelter so I can get enough stuff out of my barn that I can use it as work-space again. I'll have fess-up before-and-after pics of the barn later. I have the lumber and got a start on it. Kid's and grandkid's bikes will sit underneath. The bottom 'shelf' will be 4 feet (1.2m) deep x 10 feet (3m) wide and the top 'shelf' will be 4 feet deep x 6 feet (1.8m) wide. More to come on this as I get it done. It'll likely be 'slow but sure' for this one.
|The completed bottom 'shelf' frame. It sets just under 4 feet (1.2m) off the ground.|
We are really enjoying our spring and all that comes with it. We are blessed!