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Bird Brained
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« on: August 07, 2006, 08:34:29 AM »

Thought I'd share photos of a simple water system I built for my flight pens.  Most time consuming part was marking for and drilling the holes.

Each section is 10 ft length so this one is 30 ft in length.  You can continue to add additional sections of pipe if you need additional watering space.

Best thing I like about it is that you can fill it from the outside with the birds not seeing you at anytime of the day.

Check them out at http://photos.yahoo.com/fozziesgamebirds  & enter folder "Flight Water"
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« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2006, 10:22:46 AM »

Very nice. I like how you can fill it without them seeing you. That's a good feature. I bet it took you a long time to drill all those little holes.
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« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2006, 03:17:29 PM »

I like it, what size did you drill the holes?
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« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2006, 03:43:51 PM »

They look around 1/4 to 1/2 inch. Something like that.
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« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2006, 03:47:59 PM »

Holes are 1.5 inches in diameter and 3 inches on center spaced apart.  This is big enough the birds can stick their heads through the holes to drink as the water level goes down.  This size is big enough for quail and chukar.

The holes are drilled above the centerline of the pipe so the pipe can fill half full of water.

BTW...the piping is 4 inch, schedule 40 PVC.
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« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2006, 11:12:00 PM »

Oh it's 4". It looked smaller in the picture. Still a very nice waterer. Good idea.
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« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2006, 12:14:39 PM »

Very nice system.  How do you clean our the inside when the algae forms in the Summer?  My founts get this algae after one day.  A very nice system!
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« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2006, 01:32:27 PM »

It's got cleanout fittings on both ends so I just run a pipe cleaner brush through it.

The other option would be a small amount of bleach added to the water to keep any algae from forming.....the right amount won't hurt the birds, but don't use too much or...
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« Reply #8 on: August 08, 2006, 02:28:27 PM »

To help understand algae control better, I thought the below info would help.

Algae Control in Troughs or Tanks
Algae can clog overflows or possibly create toxic conditions in a livestock water trough. Sunlight and warm temperatures, combined with nutrients, may promote algae growth until control measures need to be implemented. Periodically cleaning the tank to reduce nutrients slows algae growth. Applying Copper sulfate crystals (see chart below) controls algae growth (Snyder Industries Inc.). Apply every 2 to 4 weeks as needed. Dissolve crystals in warm water and pour throughout the tank to achieve best results.

Note: Using Copper Sulfate in systems with metal pipes may increase deterioration of the metal over time and some livestock, such as sheep, cannot tolerate high levels of copper because it builds up in their system. Keep added copper levels to a minimum to reduce the chance of toxicity.

Amount of Crystals Dilute in Water Treats for 1ppm
0.5 teaspoon 1.5 oz. 350 gal.
1.0 teaspoon 3.0 oz. 675 gal.
1.5 teaspoon 4.5 oz. 1000 gal.
2.0 teaspoon 6.0 oz. 1350 gal.
3.0 teaspoon 8.0 oz. 2000 gal.

Note from Bird Brained....I have also heard that tossing a penny or two into the trough will have the same affect, but I have not tried that method.

Chlorine bleach is another option to help reduce algae growth. Each week add 2 to 3 oz. of chlorine bleach for each 50 gallons of water capacity in the tank. Bleaches (without scents) are recommended.

Copper sulfate or chlorine applications do not require livestock to be kept away from the tank, but best results are obtained if the active ingredients concentration is maintained for at least 5 minutes. Withholding livestock access for the recommended time may achieve better results.

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« Reply #9 on: August 08, 2006, 04:09:14 PM »

Great watering system thanks for sharing the photos
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« Reply #10 on: August 08, 2006, 05:40:18 PM »

Great information!!!  Thank you for taking the time to put all of that together.

Tom
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« Reply #11 on: August 09, 2006, 02:29:01 PM »

 I built one today for my chukar. Thanks for the idea and plans!


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« Reply #12 on: August 09, 2006, 02:47:31 PM »

Not a problem.  Sharing ideas is part of what this forum is all about, glad you benefited.
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« Reply #13 on: June 20, 2007, 08:41:16 AM »

Am I missing something or have the photos disappeared?
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« Reply #14 on: June 20, 2007, 09:42:09 AM »

Works on mine, you have to click on the link provided.  And that looks like one great set up.
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