Coming soon: Another O’Gyver engineering project

I know a lot of you have a fondness for my husband.  In fact, I harbor a suspicion that, if Kevin weren’t a big part of Starving, I’d have almost no readers at all.  His projects — particularly the ill-fated chicken-plucker — seem to be the most interesting part of what we do here.

So you’ll be happy to know that he is, as we speak, installing a new, automated, home-made chicken waterer.  It is from parts scrounged from the garage, picked up at yard sales, and repurposed from other projects.  It is designed to save both labor and water.  It is Kevin at his best.

I’ll post details, and instructions, as soon as we’re sure it works.

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  1. Tamar, I just found you! I work on Relish Mag with Jill and have met you a few times here in Nashville briefly. I feel that I know you via Jill. This is a really wonderful blog. Your stories are engaging and funny or engaging and serious…either way engaging. That is a good thing. Have a good Day.

  2. Teresa! So nice to find you here, and thanks for the kind words. Of course I remember you, and the beautiful pictures you take. I hope to see you again next time I’m down there!

  3. Kevin – when is the “Plucked Completely” version-2 of the plucker going to be started?

    I had a report that my “Pluckmagik 2000” does not handle geese so well, so perhaps it’s time for a larger motor.
    (In my defence, the person borrowing it said they were only going to do chooks).

    I’ve seen photos of a plucker like yours, bolted onto the axle of a car, plucking everything.

  4. Building an automatic waterer was the best thing I ever did for my chickens (and trying to teach them how to use it was probably the most entertainment I got out of them). No more worrying if they were going to run out on a hot day or that somehow a chicken got a shovel and filled up the trough with dirt and compost, or that they all suddenly decided that they needed to wash their feet.

    Little ingrates still preferred drinking out of mud puddles, but at least my conscience was clear.

    I did buy a few chicken nipples online (ha! That does awesome things for your Amazon suggestions) but the rest I cobbled together out of old parts, using a bucket and gravity feed, with a hose feeding into it on a float valve. The same system had lines running to my chickens and rabbits (who were way pickier than the chickens, and liked their water cool and clean). Can’t wait to see what kind of crazy Rube Goldberg device Kevin comes up with…

  5. Kingsley,
    Sorry for the delayed answer. This week we are getting 25 Cornish Cross meat birds so I only have about 10 weeks to figure it out! If I could figure out how to make a dual purpose chicken plucker oyster washer that runs on a gas powered trash pump I would be in clover!

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