As a chicken coop or hen house generally holds only a few chickens or hens – less than 15 birds – the best way to give them water is with poultry founts – these are easy to use and easy to clean and will keep the birds watered for at least 24 hours.Automatic drinking equipment like nipple drinkers can be used but the cost is not usually viable for small chicken houses.
A 4 liter fount or a 10 liter fount are both available for hen houses and chicken coops. The two sections come apart and the clear section is turned upside down and filled like a bucket – the 10 liter chicken drinker even comes with a handle like a bucket so that it easily be carried to the chicken coop. The red section is then popped into place while the poultry drinker is upside down. Once you have carried it to the correct location the whole drinker is turned back the right way. As the chickens drink, the trough around the chick fount refills. Small poultry farmers engaged in chicken farming will probably use a semi autometic drinking system such as bell drinkers.