During regular barn chores today hubby figured out why I found the 30 gallon chicken waterer bone dry last week. It happened again today. He filled it to the top and when he went back later it was completed dry with no signs of a leak anywhere.
Turns out he left the hose in the barrel after filling it and then turned the water off at the spigot. The hose created a siphon drawing the water back into the hose, through the spigot and down into the buried water line.
Don’t worry, city kid, mystery solved.
(reference July 21st for my original post about the empty barrel.)
P.S. I’m a little nervous about tomorrow. The turkeys will be in for me to pick up and The Boy and I will be moving the chicken tractor on our own, without the Old Man, for the first time.