With a few parts from the nice people at http://www.avianaquamiser.com and some modifications we now have an auto filling bucket waterer to keep our hens happy. It was about $60 in parts and only a few minutes of labor to assemble. It’s a short and simple parts list:
- 5 gallon Bucket with Lid
- Avian Aqua Miser 3 pack kit
- Toilet Fill Valve Assembly
- 7/8″ to 1/2″ Toilet Supply line
- 1/2″ brass nipple
- 1/2″ to 3/4″ hose swivel adapter
- teflon tape and silicone glue
Make sure to snip the edges of the lid, at the perimeter markers. You’ll want it to be an easy off lid and you don’t want an airtight seal. If it sealed airtight, the pressure would block the flow of water from the fill valve.
Drill a 1″ hole in the bottom of the bucket for the toilet fill valve. Use the rubber grommet and plastic nut to seal and hold the valve in place. The supply line, nipple and swivel adapter will need teflon tape at all the brass on brass junctions. Drill holes for the Avian Aqua Miser watering nipples, thread them in and seal lightly with silicone glue. Once the silicone has cured, hang your new auto filling bucket waterer in your hutch and attach a garden hose. Adjust the height of the water level with the fill valve. We’re going to keep the level around 2-3 gallons so it’s always super fresh.
These projects save us time and allows that to be directed into more and better gardening.We love our funny farm.
Well, the farm is going to be growing (haha) quite a bit. I approached the church behind our house about using some of their empty flower beds and empty lot to grow vegetables in. The beds have been grassed over for years, the empty lot is just that, empty. This morning, they had a vote and decided to allow us to till and plant the flower beds to show them what we can do. The Round Rock Funny Farm is adding 400+sqft to it’s growing space! I’ve got to get it tilled, fed and mulched pretty quickly so it will be ready for a fall garden. The idea behind the potential use of the larger lot (4400+sqft!) would be to plant native plants and flowers as well as have a vegetable garden and donate 25% of the produce to the church members or a food bank of their choice.
Here’s a snapshot of the plan I’ve laid out for the initial fall garden. (I’ll tell everyone more about the “Tenth Acre Farms” part another time)
I’ve also put together the layout for most of our backyard. It’s crazy just how much we have going on back here. The front yard is growing a lot of tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, corn, squash and eggplants. Eventually, we’ll also have artichokes, olive trees and more fruit trees.