Saturday, July 16, 2016

DIY Clean Hog Auto Waterer from 55 Gallon Barrels and These Inexpensive Nipples

Jardin Stainless Steel 2-Piece Pig Nipple Drinker Waterer with 4/5-Inch Thread, Silver Tone

We had to purchase these from Amazon because our local feed store was always out! We used a 1/2" tap to put threads for these in two 55 gallon drums to use as livestock waterers for hogs. Then we strapped the barrels to t-posts to hold them in place. We kept an eye on our hogs to make sure they would use them, and they took to them with no problem. The waterers been in place for a few months now. They work great! We had one barrel roll into some mud while we were doing a pasture rotation.The mud caused one of the nipples to get stuck open and drain the tank. Cleaning out the mud remedied the problem instantly. We keep two barrels full of water for our hogs at all times and plan to hook up gutters with screens to refill with rainwater. After trying a few other methods, we have clean water they can't get into or knock around. These came in a carded bag and were easy to install. They've been working with no problems in design or construction. We highly recommend them and will be buying more.