DIY Chicken Waterer

A homemade baby chicken waterer can be made with just a jar, a saucer, and a rock.

| February/March 1999

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    Keep your chicks well hydrated with a simple, DIY chicken waterer.

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To make an inexpensive homemade baby chicken waterer, all you need is a jar, a saucer, and a rock. You use a quart jar for a lot of peeps and a pint jar for just a few peeps. Knock a small nick in each side of the rim of the jar with a screwdriver or a knife point and hammer. Just a light tap will usually do it. Then fill the jar halfway with water. Find an old ceramic or china saucer. Place the saucer on the top of the jar with the cup indentation side down. Then just flip the jar over quickly. We always put a rock on top of the jar to keep the peeps from knocking it over. It's a simple, easy task.

--Judy Wolfram
Five Forks, West Virginia  

Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton
9/1/2009 1:17:54 PM

I've found that it's worth spending just a tiny bit more time and money to make a nipple-based chicken waterer like the ones at The nipples keep the chickens from pooping in the water, so it always stays clean. Better yet, it prevents the worrisome possibility of chicks drowning in the water!

7/26/2007 11:59:02 AM

Howdy neighbor! Any Ideas on making a larger waterer? I tried using an empty cat litter jug, with no success! Mother Responds: Tammy, here is a more recent article. Be sure to look at the Image Gallery to the top right of the article, under “Related,” to see instructions for using the kitty litter jug for watering.


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