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Poultry Waterer
Store-bought chicken waterers are expensive, and the ones with plastic bases don't always hold up to cold temperatures. So Holly Cicchirillo of Arizona makes her own waterers, using empty cat litter jugs.
  She simply drills a pencil-size hole 1 in. above the base and sets it inside a water pan. Instead of filling the water pan every day, she gets up to three days before she has to refill the jug.
  In the summer the jug tends to grow green algae, which the chickens love to pick out of the water when the jug has been rinsed and the algae flows out into the pan.
  The jugs last 6 to 12 months, as after a while the threads tend to lose their air-tight quality from being repeatedly screwed on and off. Reprinted with permission from Backyard Poultry (www.backyardpoultrymag.com).

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2008 - Volume #32, Issue #2