It's important to us that you succeed! We believe there are many people who feel the need to get back to basics. People are interested in learning how to grow their own food, and keeping chickens is a great start. We want to help you with some of the basic skills you'll need to get your "Drip-Chick" up and running. Here is a list of resources to help you get going. We are also in the process of creating a series of short videos help you to install your system... step by step. (videos coming soon.)
Drip Chick 1 installation Instructions
Drip Chick 2 installation Instructions
A Word of Warning!
No automatic watering system is fool proof. You should periodically "spot check" the system to ensure clean water is present. Obstruction from debris or vacuum caused by a plugged lid vent can restrict or interrupt the flow of water to cups or nipples. You should also periodically clean and disinfect to eliminated algae that may build up in the reservoir. Full Disclosure.
We here at Autowaterkit.com are not plumbers or veterinarians! We are just folks like you who love our birds. The simple tips and techniques shown here are things we've learned along the way. Please consult a qualified plumber or vet if you have any questions. Full Disclosure.
A word on "back-flow prevention".
Because the "Drip-Chick 2" taps into your domestic water supply, measures to prevent back-flow need to be taken. Building Code requires that potable water supply must be protected from contamination and installed in a manner that avoids the likelihood of contamination within the system. Back-flow can be prevented either through an air gap or a back-flow prevention device. The air gap must be the greater of 25 mm, or twice the diameter of the supply pipe. The "Drip Chick" series meet this requirement.
Sooner or later you'll have to protect your system from extreme environmental elements. Soon after installing our eight-pen system this summer, we found that the water heated up pretty quickly! Obviously cold weather threatens in a different way. Insulating your pipe and reservoir is very important. A foam wrap is a common insulator we see allot of folks using. We'll add more about insulation as we go. Your suggestions are welcome!