As we have gradually added more and more critters to our homestead, we were in need of additional water containers. We purchased two of the blue plastic 55-gallon barrels and Paul cut them up. The taller bottom sections became our gut buckets (wonderful for deer & chicken butchering time as it's simple to hose out) and the bung hole on the smaller top section was epoxied to make it water-tight and those became water buckets for the mule and chickens.
|Gut bucket on the left, mule water bucket on the right.|
The chicken water bucket is about half as high as the mule bucket.
At one point I just started leaving the 5-gallon bucket in the pen instead of transferring the water from one bucket to another. And then I noticed that the prissy goats were only drinking from the white buckets. Not that I blame them. The water in the white buckets doesn't get as hot as the black or blue ones, and the fact that the chickens have a nasty habit of stepping in or crapping in the more shallow buckets is probably a bit of a turn-off to the goats.
|Uhm, please refill our buckets with water exactly 68 degrees.|
So if you're a keeper of goats & want a cheaper alternative to store bought water containers, try looking for some free 5-gallon buckets. Free is good! Besides, you can use that money you saved to buy more goats!