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maryjane Posted - Nov 10 2014 : 4:57:49 PM
Here's the installation info and my invoice for purchasing three BarBarA waterers. Sure do love them! No electricity needed and they're self-cleaning. See installation instructions here:
And here's their website and phone #:

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Sydney2015 Posted - Feb 24 2015 : 3:19:29 PM
It's called the horse drinker. I'm not sure, but I think that's what it is.
CloversMum Posted - Feb 24 2015 : 2:03:41 PM
Good to know...they are going in the barn plan...might have to be installed later, but they will be in the plan!
maryjane Posted - Feb 24 2015 : 10:35:25 AM
Charlene, I hope to put a couple in my someday dream barn. I think they'd be the cow's moo.

Sydney, what brand is your waterer that you say freezes?
Sydney2015 Posted - Feb 24 2015 : 10:31:21 AM
Our's freezes every year. It isn't protected, we replaced parts last year, it still freezes. Then, we have to carry water, it's frozen right now. We will get protection for it this coming winter. It might work then. I don't know Charlene, I might not be very helpful.
CloversMum Posted - Feb 24 2015 : 09:51:23 AM
Have any of you put these waterers inside barns? Or are they best for out in the pastures?
CloversMum Posted - Nov 19 2014 : 09:32:55 AM
This is on my summer list, too, Keeley. Clover gets the first one and then I'll see about my goats.
maryjane Posted - Nov 19 2014 : 07:18:01 AM
You know the old Zen saying, "Before enlightenment, chop wood [and ice], carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water."

What I think they meant to say was, "Before enlightenment, chop ice, carry water, freeze fingers. After enlightenment, spend free time with zen cows."
NellieBelle Posted - Nov 19 2014 : 06:38:14 AM
That's what I figured here. No more carrying and emptying hoses of water, no more carrying 5 gal. buckets to fill livestock tanks, no more chopping ice. You all know what I'm talking about. So for me once again, MaryJane has turned a light on so we can all work smarter and the cows benefit. A win, win, once again!
farmlife Posted - Nov 19 2014 : 04:54:07 AM
After this last week of nasty weather this is definitely on my wish list for summer!
Ron Posted - Nov 18 2014 : 1:59:07 PM
Lol..yeah, that is my challenge here. Getting any dirt work done. Not to mention water lines here gotta go six foot.
NellieBelle Posted - Nov 18 2014 : 12:46:30 PM
Say that once it's in the ground. :)
Ron Posted - Nov 18 2014 : 12:33:28 PM
Show off. :)
NellieBelle Posted - Nov 18 2014 : 10:43:42 AM
Have the Bar Bar A ordered. At least 10 days out so it will all depend on the weather once it arrives and the availability of equipment for digging etc. It we can't get it in right away at least it will be here and we can have everything ready to go. I'm anxious to have it in and working. "Oh what a relief it will be!"
NellieBelle Posted - Nov 18 2014 : 09:10:16 AM
Thank you. Yes, I could wait and see if any of them bother it and then order one. Going to place my order today. I will at least have it here then and we can get whatever we need and get it in the ground when the weather and ground are conducive for digging.
maryjane Posted - Nov 18 2014 : 08:43:29 AM
I didn't buy the aluminum guard. I've never had any of my animals bother the top at all. I suppose it could be added after the fact.
NellieBelle Posted - Nov 18 2014 : 07:23:16 AM
MaryJane did you buy the aluminum protective guard that goes on top or the Bar Bar A waterer? I did some reading and this should work. Our frostline in IA is 42" and this waterer is said to work with 18"-5 ft. frostline. You get severely cold weather in Idaho too so I don't see any reason for it not to work here.
CloversMum Posted - Nov 14 2014 : 5:07:27 PM
I definitely agree with Ron!
Ron Posted - Nov 13 2014 : 12:30:19 PM
First class. Very cleanly done!
NellieBelle Posted - Nov 13 2014 : 10:07:54 AM
Good idea. Certainly keep them from turning on hydrant or getting caught. That will have to go on the Spring to do list I'm thinking.
maryjane Posted - Nov 13 2014 : 09:56:23 AM
Here's how we protect our hydrant from the cows.

maryjane Posted - Nov 11 2014 : 5:05:26 PM
We have hard water also but haven't had that problem. Hmmm.
farmlife Posted - Nov 11 2014 : 4:57:06 PM
Thanks for the information MaryJane. We need to run a hydrant out to our livestock area next summer. If we are going to be doing it anyway it looks like a good time to do a Bar Bar A waterer as well. That would save a lot of time and energy filling tanks and keeping them clean, thawed etc.

I saw in the installation instructions that the line can plug off if there's dirt in it. Have you ever had any trouble with hard water causing a problem? Our water has a lot of minerals in it.
Ron Posted - Nov 11 2014 : 11:31:27 AM
Yes we always put in four inch pipe filled with concrete here in a triangle shape around the hydrants. All water lines six foot minimum.
NellieBelle Posted - Nov 11 2014 : 10:37:12 AM
Thank you MaryJane for the pictures. Looks like a guy could put a Bar-Bar A just about everyplace there is a hydrant. I put two in the vineyard but we let the cows in where the hydrants are. I went out one day and found the hydrant running. One of the cows must have rubbed up against it turning it on, so I wired the handle down.
maryjane Posted - Nov 11 2014 : 10:27:21 AM
Our recommended depth for water lines is 36 inches but we go down 48 whenever possible. I should also point out that we've since built a wooden post and rail structure around the frost-free hydrants you see in the above photos. The animals rub on them, get their halters caught on them, etc. so we always enclose a hydrant if there are animals around.