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Not using at the moment with 300,000-500,000 gallons available in the pond but here are some close-ups and info. This setup is mosquito free since there are no real openings for them to get to the barrel water. Also, it can be expanded by merely adding a T- outlet to a second and multiple barrels and connecting them in series so they would all fill simultaneously since the water would be self leveling.

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The side opposite the bung holes has this single 1 3/4 in hole drilled for accepting the water from the downspout via the following apparatus

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It is a flexible hose from big box hardware store with the 1 3/4 inch threaded attachment. Inside the hose is the other, barbed end.

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This just screws into the one hole of the barrel seen above and when it filled up the barrel water did seep out around edge, but I didn’t worry about it.

The device to catch the water from a section of downspout you cut away is a used Juicy Juice container.  The original bottom is cut off and saved for later use.  The other end of the hose has an identical 1 3/4 inch thread/barb attachment.

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It is caulked in with food grade caulk so no leaks on that joint and on the inside is a piece of window screen with a screw clamp to keep big debris from entering the barrel. Down the center is a section of 1 1/4 in thin wall PVC pipe. It almost fits perfectly and is again caulked in place for no leaks. The length of it will be so it comes out the bottle neck a bit and the top of it is about an inch or so higher than the hose going to the barrel. There are tiny weep holes drilled near the neck just above where PVC was caulked. (The bottle is essentially upside as shown in the above picture when I reference above and below is by that and not original upright position).  This way as the rain comes in, if it is a hard enough rain it fills the upside down Juicy Juice bottle faster than the tiny weep holes drain and when it reaches the hose height it starts dumping down into the barrel. Now if it is raining so hard it cant go down the hose fast enough OR when the barrel is full, it then continues to rise to the level of the PVC pipe and cascades over that, down and out the bottom and down your downspout as it normally would.  This bottle basically sits into a cut away section of the downspout.  The piece of Juicy Juice bottom you cut out earlier is used as a blocker so the water doesn’t just go straight down the middle PVC.

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It is screwed inside the bottle just above the top of the PVC section. See how the center shields the water, but I have cutout the 2 sections just around the center circle part. Water from the down spout is forced away from center and down these side sections so it can fill up properly.  It is screwed in further down inside so there is room to slip the top part of the down spout into this opening of the bottle, then the part of the PVC sticking out the bottom of the bottle is angled into the lower section of down spout and it sits perfectly without falling out.

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I ended up using a bungee cord to make the angle of the hose correct and flowing downward properly. Of course propping it up on cinder blocks or logs give better water flow and access to the faucet.

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It is a standard garden hose connection on this end and the other end was 1/2 in but I got an adapter to make it 1 inch and threaded that into the center of one of the bung hole plugs as the 1/2 inch didn’t make a snug thread whereas 1 inch did make a snug self thread

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Chicken purchased. Yeehaw!

We’re super excited we picked out our chickens today, juveniles about 12-14 weeks old.  We have 2 Buff Orpingtons, 2 Plymouth Barred Rocks and 2 Rhode Island Reds

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Isaac is moving into the area.  Chicken purchase will have to wait until Wednesday. Here are some finished photos. It started with a trip to backyardchickens.com and a look at some of the tractors built by others.  I liked the look of BirdsinBethels coop but wanted some different things from it.  I then went to Sketchup and tried to get a visualization available for cutting the lumber. I hope it is functional and keeps them happy.  Time will tell.

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Unfortunately, I research the hell out of everything and have hummed and hawed over the perfect items for our farm. Consequently, the grass is tall, to say the least.  Sigh. Anybody else have this problem when you “bought the farm” or did you all get one with the real estate?

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The weather protecting has begun. We had some exterior paint in the garage when we moved in and come to find out it is a nice gray.  I think it looks good with the red roof and it is similar color to the side of our house.  It’s a bitch to paint as is, with all of the wire in place. Next time, I’d definitely paint it before doing the hardware cloth.

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Made some good progress (partly due to a deadline to open the garage for her car) the last few days. The roof material is Ondura roofing panels. It can be found at Lowe’s. Pictures attached.

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Spiders helpful??

I used to think that wholeheartedly. Maybe not after today, when I found this one munching on a bee in our pineapple plant.

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