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Design a Solar Poultry Waterer, Win a Brinsea Incubator!

9/20/2010 2:46:36 PM

Tags: chickens, poultry, incubating eggs

A solar stock tank can save electricity and money, and preventing water tanks from freezing saves lots of work in winter, too. Now we’re looking for the most effective and creative solar-heated waterer for chickens. If you’re creative and love to build useful projects, make a solar poultry waterer and try it out this winter.

To submit your design for a solar poultry waterer, e-mail a description and photo to “letters (at symbol)” Mail hard-copy entries to “Solar Poultry Waterer” at Mother Earth News; 1503 SW 42nd St.; Topeka, KS 66609. We’ll publish the winning entry in the magazine, and the designer will win a free Brinsea Octagon 20 Eco incubator. Entries must be received by December 31, 2011, to qualify.

Brinsea Octagon 20 Eco Poultry Incubator 

If you have poultry and hatch eggs — or are planning to in the future — you’ll love this incubator. I’ve hatched ducks, pheasant and chickens in my Octagon 20 Eco and have been thoroughly pleased with the results.

Photo: Brinsea 

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10/6/2010 11:57:28 AM
Hi-I envy those of you who live in more temperate climates but some of us do live in colder climates where winters are freezing and really cold from Dec-Mar. and a mechanical float valve or hose definitely freezes in my part of the country so a solar waterer would be great. In the winter, I also use a light bulb in the coup when it starts to get colder (Nov) and in dead winter an infared light in the coup at night. I currently have an electric water heater in the coup (unplugged now-attached through extension cord) but will use it in winter as the light doesn't put out enough heat to keep the inside waterer from freezing in the dead of winter.. And to fill up my waterers in the winter, I have to empty out the hose everytime or the water will freeze inside as I don't have a hose bib right at the coup site. I look forward to a solar design!

Jim Johnson_1
10/6/2010 11:15:38 AM
Why do you need a solar waterer? because not all of us live were we don't have a need for heat, when it's -40 you don't have a lot of options unless you want to spend a ton of money, anything outside is frozen and in my coop that is insulated but not heated, housing 50 layers does it stay warm enough to keep water from freezing, you have to do something to prevent it

10/1/2010 5:13:55 PM
John, could you please provide instructions on how to do this?

john m_3
9/29/2010 4:06:22 PM
i do not understand why a solar watering system is necessary. you put a wash tub or other container suitable to provide enough water for the flock. then you put a mecanical float valve to open a source flow to the water container and it shuts off when the float shuts the valve. this could be anything from an elevated water barrel for the source or a garden hose. it always works, and the equipment is tried and true over a hundred years. and this is the way your toilet water flush tank works. i think the valve for this costs about 6 dollars

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