Make a Free Portable Chicken Waterer

Here's how to modify a used 5-gallon plastic bucket into a chicken waterer.

| August/September 2006

  • chicken waterer - cartoon illustration of agitated chicken
    Chickens who are fussy about dirty water will appreciate a chicken waterer that keeps it clean.
    Illustration by Fotolia/robincrossman

  • chicken waterer - cartoon illustration of agitated chicken

We have a small flock of chickens and designed a chicken waterer from a recycled 5-gallon plastic bucket.

Using a fine-toothed narrow-bladed handsaw, we cut a horizontal half-moon hole on each side of the bucket, starting one-third to halfway up from the bottom of the bucket. The hole is about 8 inches wide and 6 inches high. The water stays clean despite the chickens’ tendency to scratch all around it, and it is easy to rinse and refill. We also saved and reused the lid; this was an added bonus.

Elias W. Keim
Fultonville, New York

Empty plastic kitty litter jugs also can work very well as containers for poultry water and feed. — MOTHER EARTH NEWS







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