2012 - Volume #36, Issue #6, Page #11[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Waterer Gets Heat From Underground
The waterer consists of a 13-gal. plastic tub with a closed loop of 2-in. dia. pvc pipe that extends 8 ft. deep below ground.
Ambrose simply cut 2 holes in the bottom of the tub and installed 2 bulk head, double-threaded 2-in. fittings to connect to the pvc tubes. Inside the tub, he attached 2-in. pvc threaded couplings with one 9-in. long tube and one 11-in. tube. A 4-ft. deep underground water line hooks up to a nipple at the bottom of the tub. A float assembly mounted above the water intake controls the water level inside the tub. Chickens drink through a 4-in. dia. hole that Ambrose cut in the middle of the tub’s snap-on lid.
“The whole principle is that cold water sinks and warm water rises, and since one tube inside the tub is 2 in. shorter than the other, it causes the water to constantly circulate,” says Ambrose. “I installed the waterer last winter and it worked great. One morning the temperature got down to 6 degrees, but only a very thin layer of ice developed.
“I installed the tank at ground level, but the chickens kept scratching dirt away from the tub. To solve the problem, I cut up some old bowling alley gutter and buried it vertically in the ground around the tank, like a little fence.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Dan Ambrose, 22219 River Rd., Grand View, Idaho 83624 (ph 208 834-2388 or cell 208 598-3498; firstname.lastname@example.org).
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