Anything that saves you a lot of time and effort is always welcome on the homestead. We already have this diy pig feeder, but still have to make regular trips to ensure they still have water. The hubby discovered the perfect solution just last week, this diy automatic pig waterer.
This simple but effective way to provide water for your pigs takes less than 5 minutes to set up. If you can get a food grade barrel for free, that will also save you a ton. The only thing we had to purchase was the actual pig nipple drinker, which is not expensive at all (only about 6 bucks).
Here’s What You’ll Need:
- 55 gallon food grade barrel
- pig nipple waterer
- adjustable wrench
- 3/4 inch paddle drill bit
- 1/2″ pipe thread
- hand drill
- cinder blocks
- gas torch
- welding gloves (optional)
Step By Step Instructions
If you drum has markings, you want to drill using the paddle
drill bit between the 10 and 15 gallon mark on the barrel.
Heat up the pipe thread using your torch. Make sure you are
wearing welding gloves to protect your hands from the heat.
Screw in the hot pipe thread into the drum, and secure it
tightly using your wrench. Then unscrew it exposing the threads.
Put a little bit of silicone on your nipple threads and
then screw it into the barrel with your wrench.
Use your finger to evenly spread out any visible silicone
around the base of the nipple, to ensure a tight seal.
Allow the silicone to dry and then take the barrel into
the pig enclosure and fill it up with water.
You can adjust the height of the nipple by sitting the barrel on cinder blocks. Make sure that you use a food grade barrel, wash and rinse it a few times too just to be sure. The reason why you leave at least 10 gallons of water, is so that you can weight now the waterer preventing the pigs from toppling it over. Just leave the barrel in there, and within 5 minutes they will figure out by themselves how to use it. 🙂
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