Watering Systems

Summer Watering
by Pat Farquhar


Here's an idea from Pat Farquhar that may save you some steps this summer. Troughs and pails get dirty and may need refilling frequently. Try hooking your garden hose up to a nipple waterer. The goats seem to catch on to the idea quickly and you can spend the time you save hauling water doing something more fun....like moving bales?
Too bad this tip doesn't work in Manitoba winters.

Winter Watering System
by Sandy Larocque

Here is a picture of the waterer I use for watering goats in the winter and the summer. As you can see it is a strange looking contraption that does a wonderful job. The size doesn't matter, as you can make it as small or as big as you need.

I water 15-20 does with this waterer and in the winter have to fill it once every four days, normally. I run a garden hose out of the house to fill the waterer.

The waterer is made out of sheet metal with two sides and a middle. The seams were all sealed with sealant to make sure there were no leaks. The middle part has hinges on one side to allow it to open and on the other side, I attached a hook and eye. I put this side to the outside as the goats like to play with the hook and eye assembly.

We then completely sheeted the entire waterer with 1 inch Styrofoam and then all over again with either plywood or chipboard. I used chipboard as it was what I had on hand, and didn't want to run into town and buy plywood. Make sure you also insulate the bottom as a lot of heat is lost this way.

Then we cut open a semi-circle, sort of, for the goats to put their heads in to drink. Obviously this wouldn't work if your animals have horns. In that case, you would leave that entire side open.

A good picture of the opening for the goats to drink out of.

This shows the inside of the middle compartment. It has a floating de-icer in it and you can see where we notched a small hole for the cord to run out. It goes out of the waterer to a plug-in on the fence post. We also pounded an iron rod into the ground and ran a wire from it to the tank, to ground in case of shocks. If a goat gets shocked, you won't see them ever back at that waterer again. We never had shocks but thought we should have a ground just in case. You can see in this picture that there is a hole cut in the sheet metal for the water to run into the compartments. This is done on both sides, so that the water can run freely throughout the entire waterer.

This picture just shows how the opening lid works.


If you have a lot of goats drinking from this waterer, you can have both sides with an opening. I opted to just have one as the least amount of open space, the least amount of hydro used.