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It's a bit climate dependent. Here in the frozen north we use 65 gallon plastic drums set in the ground with a spring feeding running water to them year round. A shroud around them creates a micro-climate. This works well with our mountain springs. On city water and in a warmer climate nipple waterers would probably be better. They can be hung off a drum setup on a pedestal.

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We have a nipple waterer/pipe anchored to a wall inside feeding area; they don't use it because they prefer to dunk their noses in the cattle water trough. I'm sure it will come in handy if/when we need to lock them inside the feed area for whatever reason.
 

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It's a bit climate dependent. Here in the frozen north we use 65 gallon plastic drums set in the ground with a spring feeding running water to them year round. A shroud around them creates a micro-climate. This works well with our mountain springs. On city water and in a warmer climate nipple waterers would probably be better. They can be hung off a drum setup on a pedestal.

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You got pictures of that we can see? Sounds do-able to set a barrel in/near a spring.
 

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