Rain gutters (to fit your chicken coop) * Gutter downspouts
(2 or 3 according to coop roof style--shed or gable) * Gutter pipes (lengths to fit, from coop to top filler hole of barrel) * Screen (to cover the top filler hole of water tank) * Roofing screws * Pipe thread tape * Water tank (size to fit top of tank under roof of coop, but 10 inches higher than floor of coop if possible; bottom drain hole must be sized to fit 3/4-inch PVC from standard pipe threads) * Water tank stand (for positioning tank at side of elevated coop or alongside barn) TOOLS * Drill/screw gun (I like cordless.
flooding occurs because the soil can only accept so much water before it becomes saturated and the rate of absorption slows to almost zero.
My guess is that the overflow at the corner of the roof where the downspout
is may be caused by the fact that the downspout
froze up during the extended cold period.
Slope the gutters toward the downspout
Get rectangular ones if you can--they will fit up against the wall behind your downspout
a little better than round ones.
Nice to have, but not necessary is a commercial downspout
com), recently developed a novel solution for homeowners who suffer foundation flooding from gutters and downspouts
The goal of the downspout
disconnection program is to achieve greater than 90 percent separation - a degree not possible through sewer separation alone.
Adding a rope does restrict water flow, so this may not be the best option if your gutter is prone to overflowing or if your downspout
is easily clogged with twigs and leaves.
You can put rainwater to work irrigating garden beds with a super-simple downspout
I then routed the downspout
to the debris deflector and cut the end of the downspout
to match the slope of the screens.
Even if your downspout
empties onto your lawn, redirecting it into a "bog" or wetland garden is an effective water conservation method and an alternative to a rain barrel as a way to capture rainwater for your garden.