Here are all the parts spread out before I started cleaning them, but at least you get a good idea of what the majority of the design entails:
- One small pasture trough
- One feeding tray
- The top of a 5-gallon bucket (it is black and hard to see inside the feeding tray)
- A bird bath heater (not pictured - it was still in the coop)
- The top of a summer chicken waterer - that is sealed shut with the plug
- (Pictured here is also some cider vinegar and a brush - my cleaning tools)
After cleaning everything I turn the pasture trough upside down and use it as a base for the heated waterer. Next I put the feeding tray on top of the through and then I sandwich the birdbath heater between the feeding tray and 5-gallon bucket lid, as shown below:
WARNING: Make sure you put water into the tray before you put in the bird bath heater and plug it in, otherwise you will melt a hole in your tray!
Next I put the top of the summer waterer on top of the lid, but I leave it sealed shut. (The main purpose of putting this on top is for two reasons: First it holds the lid down, but more importantly it keeps the chickens out of the water.)
Now you just use a bucket (or a gallon jug like we do) to pour in the water - it holds about 2 gallons all together.
Here it is completely assembled: