yea!!!! new auto H2O system

Discussion in 'Rabbits' started by okiemom, Jul 12, 2005.

  1. okiemom

    okiemom Well-Known Member

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    I am hoping my automatic watering system will be a winner. I love my rabbits but w/ summer the water bottles are killing me. I have to fill them 2x a day. OUCH. Family matters frequently take us away during a long day so getting back to them and having to water after a very long day is hard.

    I bought the pail system that automatic fill from the hose. Anyone else have one? The only down side seems to be that it is almost impossible to keep the hose from dripping at the fittings. I might try to put the water supply in sucessive 5 gal buckets like a water collection system and get rid of the hose.
    I don't know how I would support a heavy barrel high enough for the gravity feed.



    From there I want to expand my watering to the pigs. I will have a pig nipple and put it on a barrel.

    I hope this works. Any experience would be good. Thanx Katharine
     
  2. dlwelch

    dlwelch Well-Known Member

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    You don't need a heavy container. I water about 700 rabbits in one
    barn with a plastic container (w/lid) from the $ Store. A float
    is installed to keep the water at a certain level (about 3 gal.) A hose
    is attached (takes the purchase of the proper fittings and some
    drilling) between the container and the hydrant. The float can be
    one used for a commode or for a swamp cooler.

    The same setup is used for another barn which typically houses
    about 300 rabbits.

    I don't know about the price of the connections now but I think
    both holding systems cost less than $25.00.

    We have no leaks at any of the connections.

    There is no way I could have managed without an automatic
    water system! :)

    Linda Welch
    http://www.texasrabbitconnection.com
    http://www.texasrabbitconnection.com/forums/
     

  3. rzrubek

    rzrubek Flying Z

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    I have a very similar setup as Linda does. I have a One gallon tank with a swamp cooler float valve in it. It is fed by the same 1/4" line that our swamp cooolers are. I made a bulkhead fitting out of a couple of regular pvc fittings, so i have 1/2" pvc coming out of the tank. I have 1/2" pvc pipe run down the length of the cages at the top of them and then at each cage a tee brings down a line and it is capped and I drilled the proper size hole and tapped with a 1/8" NPT tap and screwed in the drinking valves i got from here http://www.agselect.com/ED/Category.cfm?&DID=11&CATID=12 At the end of the runs the pipe goes out the barn and there is a valve that allows me to drain the system. Works great, no leaks, couldn't live without it. Randy
     
  4. Old Jack

    Old Jack Truth Seeker

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  5. Thatch

    Thatch Well-Known Member

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    I've got to get a new system installed... the heat/humidity is doing a number of my water setup. Thanks for the link rzrubek.
     
  6. dlwelch

    dlwelch Well-Known Member

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    Yes, the freezing can be a problem. I turn off the water source,
    drain the lateral lines (and the container) and the rabbits empty the
    drop line from the tee to the valve on their cage.

    Fortunately, we don't have a lot of freezing temps.
    If we did, I would use PVC pipe instead of flex tubing and have
    a recirculating system with a heater. They're used in areas
    just to the north of us and folks seem pleased.
     
  7. rzrubek

    rzrubek Flying Z

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    Hey, no problem. Just remember this, don't buy there tank and float valve. Way over priced. Running 1/2" pvc is cheaper than buying the flex hose and more durable also. Check out there heat tape that runs through the pipes, along with the recirculating system already mentioned. For your community setup, you probably only need one water nipple per 5 rabbits.