The Drip Chick series is an automatic watering system design with the backyard chicken enthusiast in mind.
Like we said before, if you are searching for a better way to keep your birds in clean fresh water, then we probably don't have to tell you what a hassle it is to clean and change water dishes daily. We know, we've done it, that's why we're here too!!
When we set out to design our watering system we knew we were not going to invent anything new. We did, however, feel we could improve upon a few designs out in the chicken world already. Our goal was functionality, quality, and durability at a competitive price. We actually spent alot of time finding the quality of parts that met our standards.
Drinker cups vs nipples-
We experimented with both and found that the cups seemed to provide a more natural way for the birds to drink. We understand that many people like the nipple drinkers too, so we made them an option in our system.
Drinker cup brackets-
We do not recommend using drinker cups or nipples without brackets. Some folks will tell you to drill a certain size hole in your pipe then screw the cup directly in. This usually requires the additional application of teflon tape or silicon. It may work fine the first time, but will eventually damage the cups' threads if you have to remove and reinstall it for some reason. Just use brackets! Besides...they come with the cups.
Everyone's coop is a bit different. That's why we go to the trouble to offer a couple different configurations. As you can see from the picture on the front page, the "T" mount works great for servicing two pens. Remember, one cup will water up to 15 birds so there's no need put 4 cups on a two foot section of pipe. The end mount works well with nipples or if you want to add more cups per bird.
We felt it important to keep the reservoir outside the pen for ease of filling and cleaning... the flex hose facilitates this. It also gives more flexibility in where you mount your manifold. We looked hard to find an affordable hose with brass fittings.
Any plastics exposed to the sun will degrade over time. We use brass when appropriate for the long life of your waterer.
Ok...so yea...it's just a bucket! But not just any bucket. We looked around and found one with a wall thickness 25% thicker than your conventional Home Depot bucket. It was important for us to use the best we could find.
We use technology that's stood the test of time to keep our reservoir full. For a few extra bucks and a little more time on the installation, you'll save money and hours of labor! If you're watering multiple pens the Drip-Chick is by far the best way to go. Go ahead..do the math!
There are several similar products out there of various design and quality. We've seen none constructed of the overall quality of Autowaterkit. We've found a few auto-filling type but those usually require a dedicated garden hose. Our system is expandable and does not require you to use up a valuable faucet to keep it full. We've adopted the "water thief" concept to steal water from an existing faucet while leaving the hose bid available for a hose.