Supplemental Water at The SnK

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Windmill feeding 1500 gallon cistern.  The cistern supplies two troughs, but is plumbed for the overflow to run into the pond, which is a bit down hill from the windmill.  The cistern also has a small “Drip” line that feeds a concrete ground basin, just below it.

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Selena and I put in this small, concrete basin, to provide water for the “Ground Bounds” and birds.  It’s fenced to keep the horses out.  When it gets yucky, or over grown, we clean it out, and weed eat around it.

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One of the two troughs, that we put in, around 2010.  There were originally installed, along with cross fencing, in hopes that the cattle lease would rotate his cows, but that didn’t happen.  Now they provide water for the deer, larger birds, and some “Ground Bounds.”

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Although we haven’t found anything drowned in the troughs, we’ve installed sections of cattle panel, as escape/access ramps.  The Cardinals, and other birds, like to use these.

The SnK is 408 acres, divided into three main sections, with two tanks located in the middle section, which I call the “Back 168.”  One tank is totally dependent upon rain to keep it filled, the other is fed by the overflow from the windmill fed cistern.

There are gullies running through the acreage, that have water after heavy rains, but only after HEAVY rains.  The front 40 has a water trough, fed by the house well.

Since the “Back 200” doesn’t have any consistent water, Selena and I constructed a rain catching “Guzzler,”  and set it up back there.  Supplemental Water is part of our county wildlife management plan.

 

We’re hoping that the 305 gallon tank gets a filling this weekend, (Nov. 7, 2015) as we have rain predicted.  We’ll see.

Here’s a few photos, but more can be viewed by clicking HERE.

 

Laying out the roof and measuring the salvaged gutter.
Laying out the roof and measuring the salvaged gutter.
Laying out the frame, 2
Laying out the frame, 2″ red angle.
Screwing down the
Screwing down the “roof” panels.
Working on the framing.
Working on the framing.
Putting it together.
Putting it together.
Ready to roll! The
Ready to roll! The “Trundle” to the site begins.
Yep, the tank fits!
Yep, the tank fits!
Up and ready for rain!
Up and ready for rain!