Automatic Chicken Waterers & Water Faucet

IMG_1429We finally have it set up.  Mr. Gadget did a great job putting together the waterer. It is nice to have this now since it has been really hot. We will now have gallons of water available for the chickens in the coop.

The chickens are also enjoying the fan we had put into the a cutout we made in the side of the coop to the inside of the barn. I felt sorry for the critters but it was rather funny seeing them all in front of the fan trying to cool down. Chickens are not that dumb. 

 

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The water set up is simple. A water container was put on a stand we built. We used to have this container up on the second floor of the barn but it was a real hassle to fill it up. We needed another way. This set up will, hopefully, will work better and we are still getting good pressure for the type of waterer we have for the chickens. We used to have this container and a barrel for water but now will only have one water container to fill up. I am all for simple set ups. The real test for the water will come this winter. Will it work when it gets cold or will have have to go a single old water system? With the barrel I put a water heater inside and could keep water for a few days unfrozen to water all of the animals. It was nice when we got a lot of snow and it was very cold. No trying to fill up containers in the freezing cold with a hose.  I will let you know in the future. This has quite a bit pipe exposed and even with a heater in the tank I am not sure it will work unless I finish the walls of this one room and put some foam around the pipes to help. 

I really like the  Little Giant Waterers. Their are so many good features with this waterer. The amount can be adjusted in the bowl can be adjusted and they can be used on low water pressure. However, the bowl must be hanging on the ground becasue the flow of water is stopped by the weight of the water in the bowl. This waterer can water up to 175 birds. Large, heavy duty plastic bowl with non-rusting brass fountain stem. Even if this waterer freezes it usually does not get damaged. I had only one bowl damaged (cracked) in all the years I used them and a value stem issue. It can be a little bit of a hassle adjusting the water level until you figure it out.  When you take the bowl off to clean the water stops flowing. It is a nice feature of this product but we still added a shut off value just in case we have a problem. Another aspect I like with this product is you can get replacement parts. No need to go buy the whole product again. There are now some handy attachments such as the bowl guard. We might have to get one for this setup since I suspect they will be trying to roost on the pipe. They also have a tripod you can put the bowl on if you connect to a hose rather than a pipe. 

Three Layers Of Water

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Photo taken while on the Hawaii Island not too long after the crater became active again in March 2008. It was still flowing into the ocean having flowed over some homes and the road. The white like clouds in the center of the photo are actually steam from the very hot lava hitting the ocean. You can see the ocean in the middle and rain clouds above. This photo was taken at Hawaii National Park where the lava flow area ends. All of the rock like material at the bottom is new lava at this time. There was a trail, sort of, to walk a little closer. You had to follow the path of rocks, using three lave rocks piled on each other,  giving the way. With small children and being late in the afternoon we did not take the hike. What I have seen of the website they have now made more of a dirt road and an observation path to get closer. When we were there if you wandered too far from the path you could stop on a soft hot spot and get burned or more like dissolved. It is still only a hike for people in good shape since it is roughly 13 miles round trip from the end of Chain of Craters Road, with an estimated time to complete of 6 to 8 hours. Hiking across lava fields requires continuous awareness and concentration. The lava is uneven, jagged and very sharp.

The lava is not flowing into the ocean at this time but it is still a great life experience.

Daily Prompt: Photographers, artists, poets: show us WATER.

I hope you find this other blogs as interesting as I did.

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Conserve Water, Know How Much You Are Watering

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Many wonder how long to water their garden with the a sprinkler,  Mittleider gardening method pipes, drip or any other type of irrigation system. It is important to figure out how time it take to water the amount you desire or you will be wasting water and you might be creating a huge water bill. There is an simple method to figure out how long to live the irrigation on using just tuna or cat food cans.  

The step are:

1. Gather about six cans. You will evenly space they can to measure.

2. Run your sprinkler system for about 15 minutes. If you are using the Mittleider garden pipes I suggest running for about 1 minute.

3.  After you have timed the water turn it off and add up all of the measurements in the cans and then divide by the number of cans used. You can also poor all of the water into one large measuring cup and divide the total.

4. Multiply this average number by 3 to get an estimate amount of inches per hour.

5. Use this measurement to water.

Let do an example for the Mittleider pipe. Because it irrigates faster than other methods I am using only timing for one minute.

I have 6 can under a Mittleider pipe. I  get these measurements: 1/2, 1/2 1/2, 1/4, 1/4, 1/4. The total is 2 1/4 inches of water collected from all six. Divide this number by 6 to get 0.375. This is the average amount from all of the cans. Remember we timed for one minute so now divide 0.375 into 1. We will need to water for 2.6 minutes to get one inch of water. I would round up to 3 minutes per watering.

For a sprinkler:

Put six cans around and water for 15 minutes. Lets say you poured the water into one container and got 3 inches. Divide by 6 and you will have 1/2 inch. Now times by 3 to get the time. .5 x 3 = 1.5 inches. If you wanted for an hour that would be too much. You only want to water 1 inch.  I would only water for about 45 minutes at this rate.

 

Monte Cristo Day Trip Past and Present ‘gold in them thar hills’

ImageOther than the beach , winter toboggan riding at Mount Baldy the memories I have being in nature is at least one day trip to San Gabriel River in the Angeles National Forest. This is near the area of the Monte Cristo Gold Mine which was the first documented claim in California.I remember it as being a remote quiet place along the river to do a little panning and also cooling off in the hot summers of Southern California.  Now is not uncommon to have 15,000 visitors on a weekend day to the West Fork of the river. That is a lot of people and, sadly, it is not like the river I remember.