Pigs have a reputation for being messy for a good reason: they are very messy! If you put down a bowl or trough of water, it is going to get dirty fast and you are going to have to freshen it all the time.
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To get around this problem, try building a pig waterer. This is a lot easier than you might think. As you’ll see in this video by Lumnah Acres, it only takes a few minutes.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 55-gallon food-grade drum
- Nipple waterer
- Adjustable wrench
- 3/4 inch paddle drill bit
- Silicone sealant
- 1/2 inch pipe thread
Here’s what to do:
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- Drill a hole at about the 10-15 gallon mark.
- Use a welding torch to heat up your pipe thread (wear gloves).
- Screw it into the hole. Use the wrench to get it all the way in.
- Now unscrew it. As you’ll see, there are now threads in the plastic hole.
- Put silicon on the threads of the nipple waterer.
- Screw the waterer into the threaded hole, and use the wrench to tighten it.
- Tie down the drum so they can’t knock it over.
That’s all there is to it! Watch the video below to see it done.
Terry Cook says
What about adding a float inside the barrel at a higher level and hook your hose to automatically fill as they drink? Fresh water and no carrying or filling the tank daily.
Dana Rutan says
So after a few years now how is it holding up to the pigs ?