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    I'd never even thought of that! I never thought to use a water butt to water my chickens, but still.. I'd not made that connection either.

    I have two drinkers for them, and swap them out every 12 hours when it's really cold.
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    Which bird types can communicate disease to my chickens by crapping into the water butt?
    Not a consideration I'd had.

    On the main topic, we used to carry a can of water every day and even with an outside tap not frozen it's a pain to carry it 100m...a minor 2min thing but it just seemed more sustainable as well as convenient to harvest the rain.
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    Just an aside and just saying. Rainwater v tap water is a very personal thing.

    I have known breeders to claim against water boards as the water has been responsible for the drop of fertility in their birds. Rainwater is softer and better for animals. The next best thing is cooled boiled water but that is a bit extreme for your chooks. (by the way I use tap out of convenience )
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    Quote Originally Posted by d000hg View Post
    Which bird types can communicate disease to my chickens by crapping into the water butt?
    Not a consideration I'd had.

    On the main topic, we used to carry a can of water every day and even with an outside tap not frozen it's a pain to carry it 100m...a minor 2min thing but it just seemed more sustainable as well as convenient to harvest the rain.
    A 100m!! Thought you were talking about half a mile. How many chickens do you have? 6 maybe? How much water does a chook drink in a day? If it was a pint I'd be surprised.

    I keep a 6 pint plastic milk container in the kitchen to collect the "hot" tap water that isn't "hot" - when it starts running. I use this water for the chooks and seedlings. Ticks all the boxes for me.
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    It's the principle... who wouldn't rather spend 10 hours on a project that will save 2 minutes a day
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    First thing I do in the morning is say Hello to the chooks - and let them out of their coop. Its takes me a lot more than 2 minutes as I have to have a little chat with each one, give them a smooth (a stroke) and give their home a look over. Its one of the highlights of my day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by d000hg View Post
    On the main topic, we used to carry a can of water every day and even with an outside tap not frozen it's a pain to carry it 100m...a minor 2min thing but it just seemed more sustainable as well as convenient to harvest the rain.
    You can just hook up a 100m hose? We have two joined up by a connector....

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    Quote Originally Posted by veggiechicken View Post
    First thing I do in the morning is say Hello to the chooks - and let them out of their coop. Its takes me a lot more than 2 minutes as I have to have a little chat with each one, give them a smooth (a stroke) and give their home a look over. Its one of the highlights of my day.
    Do you let them roam freely? I like watching them come out of the coop but within the first minute they all do massive poos which makes me prefer to leave them to it until later on
    I do like to bring them scraps later in the day - today they are getting kebab and chicken casserole (we ate all the chicken!)

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    You can just hook up a 100m hose? We have two joined up by a connector....
    Could except it crosses our gate and might trip someone... and as I said when it's cold the thing will just freeze I suppose I could bury one. Our main garden is away and down a big slope from the house so actually running mains water down there might be a plan in the future for gardening, etc.
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