Watering Or Liquid Feed Device Patents (Class 119/72)
  • Patent number: 10653255
    Abstract: A container cap with integrated straw includes a cap body which carries a drinking straw and is attachable to a beverage container. The container cap engages a neck of the beverage container in a watertight seal to prevent spillage of the beverage from the beverage container during use. A cap retainer can embrace the container cap for enhancing the watertight fitting of the container cap against the neck of the beverage container. The drinking straw can include a distal closed end that opens in the event of user aspiration on the straw. The distal closed end can be provided on the straw or on a disconnectable straw extension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventor: Nicholas M. Trawinski
  • Patent number: 10575503
    Abstract: An improved, self-balancing water distribution system uses siphon characteristics to maintain negative pressure within the water system and to enable distribution of water to one or more distribution points, such as drinker lines with drinker nipples, at a controlled pressure, for consumption by poultry. The system includes water conduit connected to and configured to distribute water from a water supply reservoir to the one or more distribution points. The water level of the water supply reservoir is used to control the water pressure within the system. A vacuum apparatus is connected to the water conduit to remove entrapped air within the system to help maintain negative pressure within the conduit and throughout the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: LUBING Maschinenfabrik Ludwig Bening GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Chris Hawk, John Hawk, Charles O. Willis, Jr., Dustin Hicks, Shawn Willis
  • Patent number: 10342220
    Abstract: An Oriole bird feeder having a nectar reservoir with a base and a tapered port, and preferably a tapered port/perch assembly, is provided. The bird feeder allows Orioles and other similarly sized members of the Icterid family of birds to land on the perch and access the nectar in the reservoir base while, due to the diminishing taper of the opening in the tapered port, simultaneously preventing average sized Italian, Carniolan and Caucasian honey bees from entering the reservoir base through the port to obtain the nectar where they subsequently become trapped and perish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: WOODSTREAM CORPORATION
    Inventor: Luke Benjamin Haney
  • Patent number: 10292372
    Abstract: A hinged water valve (26) for use in a watering (38, 46) system (50) of a poultry house includes rigid sight tubes (20) connected with hinged water valves (26). Each hinged valve (26) includes a valve body (28) with a valve cap (30) hinged to the valve body (28) with at least one hinge pin. The valve (26) permits flow of water into the sight tube (20) when the sight tube (10) is in its upright operational condition but prohibits flow of water toward the sight tube (20) when the sight tube (20) is pivoted to a substantially horizontal cleaning condition. An internal plunger (32) interacts with an internal seat (36) of the valve body (28) in a sealing manner. A biasing spring (40) urges the plunger (32) into contact with the internal seat (36) of the valve body (28) but with the valve cap (30) in the upright condition, the stem (50) forces the plunger (32) away from the internal seat (36) opening a flow passage (41).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: The GSI Group LLC
    Inventors: Nathan Robert Eversole, Bruce Slankard
  • Patent number: 10266314
    Abstract: A construction material tube strap cap includes a base comprising a first and second tab that defines a respective first and second aperture, where the base is dimensioned to fit over a nozzle of a construction material tube. An upper section attached to the base. The upper section comprises a top surface and a bottom surface and is dimensioned to provide a seal around the nozzle with a predetermined volume surrounding the nozzle. An elastic strap is positioned through the first and second apertures defined in the first and second tabs in the base. The elastic strap has a length and an elasticity that cause the first and second tabs to flex inward toward the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventor: Philip D. Haglof
  • Patent number: 10085426
    Abstract: A top-fill hummingbird feeder is provided having a liquid container with a liquid flow opening at a lower end and a removable cap at an upper end, a feeding basin positioned below the liquid container, and a sealing mechanism associated with the liquid flow opening and the feeding basin. The sealing mechanism includes a bottle seal assembly configured for removable coupling with a base of the feeding basin, and a float valve captured by said bottle seal assembly to prevent rotation thereof while allowing the float valve to move upwardly and downwardly with changing nectar levels in the feeding basin. The feeding basin is filled by gravity feed of the liquid in the container through the liquid flow opening when the sealing mechanism is open. When the feeding basin reaches a full position, the liquid nectar raises the float valve which, in turn, acts to close the liquid flow opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: WOODSTREAM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert T. Cruz, Marko Konstantin Lubic
  • Patent number: 10085427
    Abstract: A top-fill hummingbird feeder is provided having a liquid container with a liquid flow opening at a lower end and a removable cap at an upper end, a feeding basin positioned below the liquid container, and a valve or sealing mechanism associated with the liquid flow opening and the feeding basin. The feeding basin includes an upwardly extending cylindrical well that receives the lower end of the liquid container, and the valve or sealing mechanism includes a float valve associated with the well. The feeding basin is filled by gravity feed of the liquid in the container through the liquid flow opening when the sealing mechanism is open. When the feeding basin reaches a full position, the liquid nectar raises the float valve which, in turn, acts to close the liquid flow opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: WOODSTREAM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Andrew Gauker, Christopher J. Kamery, Marko Konstantin Lubic, Robert Theodore Cruz
  • Patent number: 9955669
    Abstract: According to an exemplary embodiment, an improved nipple water valve includes a nipple housing, a deflector, an annular seal, a nipple stem, a resilient element, and an orifice housing portion, assembled such that the deflector deflects water exiting the valve toward an internal surface of the nipple housing, thereby reducing spray. The deflector is also arranged to restrain movement of the nipple stem in a direction toward the deflector and to permit movement of the nipple stem away from the deflector to aid operation of the nipple water valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: HOG SLAT INC.
    Inventors: William Thomas Herring, II, Timothy Glenn King
  • Patent number: 9648855
    Abstract: A liquid hummingbird feeder is provided with a liquid container having a sealable top opening and a bottom opening, a liquid tray adapted to immerse the bottom opening in liquid, and a valve mechanism adapted to close the bottom opening to enable the liquid container to be filled through the sealable top opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: WOODSTREAM CORPORATION
    Inventors: John Stone, Oliver McLachlan, David Harting
  • Patent number: 9642341
    Abstract: A hummingbird feeder that is easier to maintain and reduces food spoilage includes a feed pod support adapted to hold a hummingbird feed pod that proportionally resembles the thickening part of the stem of an actual-size flower, a flower top or cover for the pod, an elongated stem that is attached to the feed pod support, a ‘feeding’ perch adapted to provide a hummingbird with a place to rest while extending its beak through a feeding hole in the flower top, a ‘high’ perch to provide a hummingbird with a place to perch while not feeding, and wherein the feed pod can be either of the type that allows for a single-use or, with refilling, multiple uses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Perla, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Lipford, Sharon Lipford, Keith Lipford, Christopher Dykes
  • Patent number: 9615548
    Abstract: A hummingbird feeder having a disposable, single-use feed pod containing a liquid hummingbird food and a feeder assembly including a feed pod support for positioning the feed pod in a desired orientation. The feed pod is supported and oriented in the feed pod support and keeps liquid food for touching the hummingbird feeder other that the feed pod. The hummingbird feeder can include an access cover with a port located generally in the center thereof through which the hummingbird can access the hummingbird food. The access cover engages the feed pod and includes a projection that can pierce the top of the feed pod where access can be had to the food by a hummingbird through the port. The feeder can also have no access cover, in which case a port is provided in the top of the feed pod. Multiple feeder assemblies and feed pods can be configured together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Perla, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Lipford, Sharon Lipford, Keith Lipford, Christopher Dykes, Pamela Glasgow
  • Patent number: 9572304
    Abstract: A solar-powered lighting/illumination fixture for hanging flower planters or potted flowers comprises a body that can be affixed through a central opening or the like to the hanging hardware of the planter. The lighting fixture has solar cells that charge internal batteries during daylight hours and drive lights that illuminate the planter during nighttime hours. The fixture can also be affixed with a spoke that will allow it to be supported in the ground to provide pathway lighting. The lighting is provided through LEDs which also may accommodate light filters that can provide different colors to change the mood of the setting, as well as being provided with an adapter to fit most hanging planters in the market and also provided with an attaching mechanism that allows the height of the lighting fixture above the planter to be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Inventor: Jacob Harari
  • Patent number: 9565838
    Abstract: A top-fill hummingbird feeder is provided having a liquid container with a liquid flow opening at a lower end and a removable cap at an upper end, a feeding basin positioned below the liquid container, and a valve or sealing mechanism associated with the liquid flow opening and the feeding basin. The feeding basin includes an upwardly extending cylindrical well that receives the lower end of the liquid container, and the valve or sealing mechanism includes a float valve associated with the well. The feeding basin is filled by gravity feed of the liquid in the container through the liquid flow opening when the sealing mechanism is open. When the feeding basin reaches a full position, the liquid nectar raises the float valve which, in turn, acts to close the liquid flow opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: WOODSTREAM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Andrew Gauker, Christopher J. Kamery, Marko Konstantin Lubic, Robert T. Cruz
  • Patent number: 9549537
    Abstract: A top-fill hummingbird feeder is provided having a liquid container with a liquid flow opening at a lower end and a removable cap at an upper end, a feeding basin positioned below the liquid container, and a sealing mechanism associated with the liquid flow opening and the feeding basin. The sealing mechanism includes a bottle seal assembly configured for removable coupling with a base of the feeding basin, and a float valve captured by said bottle seal assembly to prevent rotation thereof while allowing the float valve to move upwardly and downwardly with changing nectar levels in the feeding basin. The feeding basin is filled by gravity feed of the liquid in the container through the liquid flow opening when the sealing mechanism is open. When the feeding basin reaches a full position, the liquid nectar raises the float valve which, in turn, acts to close the liquid flow opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: WOODSTREAM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert T. Cruz, Marko Konstantin Lubic
  • Patent number: 9173381
    Abstract: A nectar feeder for birds. The nectar feeder has a container for storing nectar feed. A base tray is attached to the container and connected in fluid communication with the container. A float is positioned between the container and the base tray. A ball is positioned on the float. The ball regulates the fluid communication between the container and the base tray. In operation, the nectar feed flows through the container and into the base tray until the float rises to a level where the ball prevents fluid from flowing into the base tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Aspects, Inc.
    Inventors: Barry D. Colvin, David Guay, Rolf Richter
  • Publication number: 20150136033
    Abstract: A water drinking device for pets, includes a cup including a bottom, and a wall extending upwardly from the bottom and defining an inner hollow constructed so that a bottle with water can be received in the inner hollow and held in it and thereafter removed from the inner hollow of the wall for pouring water from the bottle into the inner hollow to allow a pet to drink water from it, and the wall is transversely stretchable and contractible such that when a bottle with a transverse dimension that is greater than a transverse dimension of the inner hollow is inserted into the latter, the wall stretches transversely outwardly, and upon removal of the bottle from the inner hollow the wall contracts back to its initial transverse size, and the wall is also constructed so that the cup is insertable into a cup holder of a vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: John Hoskins
  • Patent number: 9032908
    Abstract: A liquid hummingbird feeder is provided with a liquid container having a sealable top opening and a bottom opening, a liquid tray adapted to immerse the bottom opening in liquid, and a valve mechanism adapted to close the bottom opening to enable the liquid container to be filled through the sealable top opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: WOODSTREAM CORPORATION
    Inventors: John Stone, Oliver McLachlan, David Harting
  • Patent number: 9021986
    Abstract: A system and method for monitoring and mitigating leakage currents is disclosed. The data acquisition system records data from multiple monitoring locations over extended periods of time to identify stray voltage and/or leakage currents present at the monitoring location. The data is processed to identify trends in the stray voltage and/or leakage currents and to suggest methods for mitigating the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventor: Jesse Straubhaar
  • Publication number: 20150118203
    Abstract: Probiotic compositions that comprise one or more bacteria species in spore form, a thickener to form a stabilized suspension and to preferably act as a prebiotic, one or more acids or salts of acids, and optionally a water activity reducer. A system for delivering probiotic compositions by gravity feed or non-contact pump to a point of consumption by a plant or animal, preferably in conjunction with acidified drinking water, comprising a collapsible container with attachable tubing that prevent contamination of the probiotic composition within the container. Delivery may be actuated in response to a timer, motion detector, fluid level sensor, RFID tag, or other mechanism to periodically or continuously dispense a dosage of probiotic composition directly to the soil surrounding a plant or to the water or feed for an animal. A method for increasing beneficial bacteria in an animal's GIT comprises adding probiotics to acidified drinking water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Scott M. Boyette, Judith Gayle Pruitt, John Knope, Adrian Denvir, Charles Greenwald, Alex Erdman
  • Publication number: 20150083049
    Abstract: The present inventions relate to apparatus and systems for feeding livestock, particularly to nipple-actuated feeding stations which include a nipple insert assembly having an internal valve system actuable by a nipple and insertable into an insert assembly having a normally-closed internal valve system and connectible to a pressurized feed line. Inserting the nipple assembly into the insert assembly opens the insert assembly valve system and subsequent nipple actuation discharges fluid from the pressurized feed line. The nipple assembly may be removed from the insert assembly without depressurizing the feed line or manipulating other process conditions. A plurality of insert assembly and nipple assembly pairings may be positioned throughout one or more pressurized feed lines to form a feeding system, and the flow rates of each individual feeding station may be manually or automatically controlled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: John L. Vignes, Justin J. Vignes
  • Publication number: 20150075435
    Abstract: A system for creating a plurality of sheltered stalls around feeding ports of a hummingbird feeder. The sheltered stalls may be formed by generally V-shaped members having opposed curved wings, one stall being formed beneath abutting wings of two abutting generally V-shaped members. The generally V-shaped members may be supported on mounting hooks which are either integral with or removable from the hummingbird feeder. The sheltered stalls and mounting hooks are red. The system may include the hummingbird feeder. The system deters dominant males from preventing use of the hummingbird feeder by competing hummingbirds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Archie Hazel
  • Publication number: 20150068464
    Abstract: A method of operating a container system for providing a hydrating liquid solution to a pet includes: providing a front side including a peripheral seal, the front side coupled to a back side and to peripheral sides for containing the hydrating liquid solution; and breaking the peripheral seal to expose the hydrating liquid solution from a top of the container system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: Jason Worry
  • Patent number: 8960125
    Abstract: The present invention will provide a water bottle holder which is convertible into a bowl-shaped water receptacle. Furthermore, the present invention will eliminate the need for an owner to carry a water bottle and a cumbersome water bowl when taking his or her dog for a walk. This is accomplished by utilizing a water bottle carrying sleeve which doubles as a water bowl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Craig Brown
  • Patent number: 8960126
    Abstract: A pump module for a recirculating pet fountain having a module housing in which a pump is received in which a filter can also be removably received. The module includes a perforate intake formed in a surface of the housing located adjacent to and generally facing toward a bottom of a fountain basin in which the module is removably mounted helping to keep debris and the like from entering the module and plugging the filter. In one embodiment, the intake is a perforate grate integrally formed in a generally downwardly facing surface of the housing and the module is configured so water enters through the intake and flows upwardly through the filter before entering the pump. The downwardly facing surface of the module housing is configured so some intake perforations are closer to the basin bottom than others helping ensure at least one perforation remains under water and substantially unplugged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Pioneer Pet Products, LLC
    Inventors: John M. Lipscomb, Qing He, Stanley Suring
  • Publication number: 20150047569
    Abstract: A breather cap assembly is provided which is configured to be connected to a stand-tube used in a watering system. When the watering system is in normal operation, the breather cap assembly is configured to allow for air to flow between the outside the assembly and the stand-tube. The breather cap assembly also provides for structure which acts as a baffle to minimize the introduction of foreign material from outside the breather cap assembly into the stand-tube. When the watering system is in flushing operation, the breather cap assembly is configured to seal off the stand-tube in order to minimize the possibility of water leaving the stand-tube. The breather cap assembly further also provides for structure which acts as a baffle to collect and retain a majority of any water that does leave the stand-tube during a flushing operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Michael Allen Orgill, Christopher Richard Roes, Roger Steven Kiphart, Grant Alexander White
  • Patent number: 8904961
    Abstract: An overhead hanging bird waterer can deliver water to birds in a sanitary manner. The overhead hanging bird waterer comprises a main unit covered by an upper cap. The upper cap allows for the water to flow into the main unit and also covers the main unit to prevent debris from entering the main unit. The main unit is mechanically coupled to a support hanger. The support hanger is hung from hanger support. The main unit is further mechanically coupled to a nipple pipe arm and is mechanically coupled to nipples which comprise a nipple stem. The water flows from the main unit through a drain pipe through the nipple pipe arm into the nipples. This enables the birds to obtain the water from the nipples by pushing the nipple stem up or 360 degrees sideways in any direction with minimum water spilling creating enhanced sanitation and better quality produce.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventor: Donald Francis Alves
  • Patent number: 8899181
    Abstract: This patent application relates to water dispensing apparatus. One example includes a container receiving portion configured to receive a water container. This example also includes a water presentation portion configured to receive water from the container receiving portion for consumption by an animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Del Lathim
  • Patent number: 8899182
    Abstract: A pet drinking fountain assembly having a pump forming part of a fountain mounting arrangement that includes a lift tube coupling a cover to the pump coupled to a lower basin by a mount. The mount and lift tube attenuate pump noise and vibration by providing isolation from the basin and cover and can function as dampeners. In a preferred embodiment the pump is part of a pump module that includes a module housing to which the pump is attached by another noise-attenuating mount. Each mount is formed by one or more suction cups with the cups and lift tube made of vibration dampening material, such as a resilient vibration dampening or isolating material that can be an elastomeric material. The module includes a lift tube coupling discharge that registers in fluid flow communication with a pump outlet and can include a ring or bushing therebetween providing additional noise attenuation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Pioneer Pet Products, LLC
    Inventors: John M. Lipscomb, Qing He
  • Patent number: 8893659
    Abstract: A feeding apparatus for use in dispensing feed formula to hummingbirds or other animals. This may be accomplished by providing a feeder having a reservoir for holding ready to consume and preservative free nectar formula for hummingbirds. The feeder may have an opening that is configured to couple to a dispensing member for delivering the formula to hummingbirds. The feeder may be adapted to be supported by a support holding device or to be free-standing for maintaining the feeder in an orientation for dispensing formula.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventor: David S. Hill
  • Patent number: 8893660
    Abstract: The suspended bee/bird watering device has a first embodiment specifically designed for dispensing drinking and cooling water to bees. A second embodiment is specifically designed for dispensing drinking and cooling water to birds. Both embodiments employ common features, such as a support rod, suspension hooks, insulated water reservoir, and dish-like container. Both embodiments are designed to be suspended from a support, such as a tree limb or wall. The first embodiment employs a porous, fibrous dispensing structure that allows the water to drip (in minimal amounts) from the reservoir into the dish. The second embodiment incorporates an elongate tube having an opening therein for conveying water from the reservoir to the dish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventor: Mubarak H. M. Sh. Kh. Al-Azemi
  • Publication number: 20140338605
    Abstract: A hummingbird feeder that includes a flower petal shaped attractive structure attached to the hollow body of the feeder around a feeding hole and a removable, replaceable, and non-bulky feeding tube designed to be removably placed within the feeding hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: PLOW & HEARTH, LLC
    Inventors: Janice M. Coughlin, Tere Eggleston
  • Patent number: 8875659
    Abstract: An animal drinker allowing for the circulation of the water in the animal drinker. To this end, the animal drinker has two parallel pipe strings (23, 24) that form a water circuit ensuring a constant movement of water, namely that water flows continuously through the pipe strings (23, 24) even when no water has been removed at the drinking valves (20) over an extended period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Lubing Maschinenfabrik Ludwig Bening GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Egon Schumacher, Wolfgang Meyer
  • Publication number: 20140318464
    Abstract: A top-fill hummingbird feeder is provided having a liquid container with a liquid flow opening at a lower end and a removable cap at an upper end, a feeding basin positioned below the liquid container, and a valve or sealing mechanism associated with the liquid flow opening and the feeding basin. The feeding basin includes an upwardly extending cylindrical well that receives the lower end of the liquid container, and the valve or sealing mechanism includes a float valve associated with the well. The feeding basin is filled by gravity feed of the liquid in the container through the liquid flow opening when the sealing mechanism is open. When the feeding basin reaches a full position, the liquid nectar raises the float valve which, in turn, acts to close the liquid flow opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: WOODSTREAM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Andrew GAUKER, Christopher J. KAMERY, Marko Konstantin LUBIC, Robert T. CRUZ
  • Publication number: 20140299064
    Abstract: A pivotal cover assembly for a poultry drinker includes a sleeve that fits over the top of a drinker. Connected to the sleeve and extending upwardly from the drinker is a primary support. Pivotally connected to the primary support, in spaced relation to the drinker, is a cover member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventor: Don Charleston
  • Publication number: 20140261218
    Abstract: An animal watering valve that includes a housing having an internal bore having an upstream inlet and a downstream outlet. The housing includes a downstream guard and an upstream cap. The valve is actuated by deflecting a valve stem, located in the bore and accessible by the animal, to open a valve within the housing. The valve may be located in a valve cartridge retainable in the housing in a snap-fit manner. A bite-resistant shield cooperates with the valve stem to act as a barrier that prevents an animal from forcing materials between the valve stem and the guard and lodging the valve stem in its deflected or actuated position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Edstrom Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul S. Johnson, Randal S. Knurr, Peter Steven Planton, Russell F. Kuzniar
  • Publication number: 20140261205
    Abstract: According to an exemplary embodiment, an improved nipple water valve includes a nipple housing, a deflector, an annular seal, a nipple stem, a resilient element, and an orifice housing portion, assembled such that the deflector deflects water exiting the valve toward an internal surface of the nipple housing, thereby reducing spray. The deflector is also arranged to restrain movement of the nipple stem in a direction toward the deflector and to permit movement of the nipple stem away from the deflector to aid operation of the nipple water valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Hog Slat, Inc.
    Inventors: William Thomas Herring, II, Timothy Glenn King
  • Publication number: 20140245959
    Abstract: A system and method for monitoring and mitigating leakage currents is disclosed. The data acquisition system records data from multiple monitoring locations over extended periods of time to identify stray voltage and/or leakage currents present at the monitoring location. The data is processed to identify trends in the stray voltage and/or leakage currents and to suggest methods for mitigating the same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Inventor: Jesse Straubhaar
  • Patent number: 8807083
    Abstract: A portable travel mug and water bowl combination which is used to retain water and dispense water for a dog, to consume and thereafter enable the unconsumed water to be returned to the travel mug. The travel mug is designed to fit into and be retained in a standard car beverage container holder. The combination water retainer and water drinking bowl includes a drinking bowl top which is removably affixed to the water retaining vessel. The water retaining vessel is a plastic squeeze bottle retained in an outer shell which has a pair of oppositely disposed cutout sections by which the squeeze bottle can be squeezed by fingers to cause water to flow through a straw and out of the neck of the bottle and into the water bowl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventor: Gary Ross
  • Publication number: 20140224180
    Abstract: An actuating means (25) for an animal drinker, the actuating means configured in such a way that the valve pin (14) is liftable by the actuating means (25) in order to open the drinking valve (12), preferably on a rectilinear longitudinal center axis (19) of the valve pin (14). In this way, one-sided wearing down of the drinking valve (12), in particular of the valve pin (14) and/or of a sealing surface (17) of the housing (13), is avoided. As a result, the useful life of the drinking valve (12) is extended.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Inventors: Timothy Shawn Willis, Charles Ollin Willis, JR., Barry Dustin Hicks
  • Patent number: 8794185
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method of treating poultry hatchlings in a hatchling tray. The method comprises of providing a soft gel form capable of being dispensed through a spray nozzle, providing a spray dispensing apparatus, the apparatus being capable of delivering a predetermined volume of the gel as a plurality of small beadlets through a plurality of nozzles, placing the hatchling tray containing the hatchlings beneath the nozzles of the dispensing apparatus, dispensing the predetermined volume of the soft gel containing the therapeutic agent as small beadlets into the hatchling tray and allowing the hatchlings to consume the beadlets. The pre sent invention is also directed to a dispensing apparatus for dispensing a therapeutic agent in a soft gel into a hatchling tray of poultry hatchlings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Vetech Laboratories Inc.
    Inventor: Eng-Hong Lee
  • Patent number: 8763556
    Abstract: A hummingbird feeder having one or more soft petal feeding ports, each port having a three-dimensional simulated flower made of a soft, flexible plastic or rubber-type material having a durometer reading not to exceed 50A based on ASTM standard D2240 is provided. The petals are pliable so as to be easily manipulated by a hummingbird coming into contact with them, and provide a texture and resistance comparable to that of natural flower petals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Woodstream Corporation
    Inventor: William R. Vaughn, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140165920
    Abstract: Disclosed is a no-drip water bowl comprised of a bowl and a removably attached lid having a drinking aperture lined with inwardly-facing, soft bristles. The bristles wipe water and drool from the snout of a drinking animal as it withdraws its snout from the drinking aperture. This prevents the animal from dripping liquid onto the floor around the bowl, which at a minimum requires effort to clean up and potentially could lead to injuries from slip-and-fall accidents or the flooring having to be replaced because of water damage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventors: Danielle Sarty, Philip Levy
  • Patent number: 8756115
    Abstract: A modular system and method is provided that enables the consumer to design/build his or her own bird feeder based on interchangeable modular components that include multiple bases of different styles, multiple nutrient reservoirs of different styles, and one or more additional components, each having different styles. The system and method provides an on-line store that allows consumers to view the various styles for each component and to select their own base, reservoir, etc. Once the desired components have been selected on-line, a bill of materials listing the components is printed at a manufacturing facility where the selected components are pulled from a common inventory, assembled into a custom feeder and shipped to the consumer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Woodstream Corporation
    Inventors: William Vaughn, Karolyn Warfel
  • Publication number: 20140158057
    Abstract: A system for delivering molecular iodine or other substance into a pet's drinking water on a daily basis without exceeding the safe amount allowed for the pet. The system delivers a particular amount of molecular iodine into the pet water supply to achieve maximum benefit of I2 to reduce or eliminate bad pet breath and minimize total iodine in the pet diet so that 20-40 ?g/mL/Kg/day iodine is consumed for optimum thyroid health. The preferred method is to use a solution created by dissolving iodine crystals in absolute ethanol. The iodine will only be in solution as I2 for a short time as it undergoes out gassing and hydrolysis at neutral pH. The present invention removes the iodine from the drinking water after the pet drinks. Therefore, during the day, pets will get no additional iodine—only fresh water. Each enrolled pet is electronically recognized by the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventor: James C. Richards
  • Publication number: 20140158059
    Abstract: A poultry watering device with a water container with an attached bail, with a centering notch in the center of the bail. The water container has a passage for a heater cord to extend out of said water container. The water container has a removable lid which may be domed, conical, or flat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventors: SUSAN ANN HASBROUCK, Stuart Drew Watkins
  • Publication number: 20140158056
    Abstract: A liquid bird feeder provides a liquid container having a sealable top opening and a bottleneck extension at its other end, and a liquid tray having a well adapted to receive the bottleneck extension and at least one feeding port. The sidewall of the well is provided with at least one drain hole and the sidewall of the bottleneck extension with at least one port. The container and bottleneck extension are rotatable within the well to selectively align and misalign the port with the well drain hole to respectively open and close the drain hole upon rotation of the container. In an alternate embodiment, the bottleneck extension is fitted with a collar rotatable with the container. The collar is received in the liquid tray well and includes at least one port. A liquid flow path is formed in the liquid tray for each feeding port to reduce the volume of nectar in the tray at any given time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: WOODSTREAM CORPORATION
    Inventors: William R. VAUGHN, JR., Christopher J. KAMERY, Robert Theodore CRUZ
  • Publication number: 20140158058
    Abstract: A fluid delivery system for delivering a fluid from a fluid bag to an animal caging system for housing an animal may comprise a fluid delivery valve assembly, wherein the fluid delivery valve assembly is adapted to be coupled to the fluid bag to facilitate the providing of the fluid to the caging system. The fluid delivery valve assembly may further comprise an upper member having a piercing member and a connecting member, the upper member having a fluid channel defined therethrough, a base having a flange member and a base fluid channel defined therethrough, wherein the base is designed to be matingly coupled to the upper member. The fluid delivery valve assembly may further comprise a spring element disposed within the base fluid channel and a stem member disposed in part within the base fluid channel, wherein a portion of the spring element abuts the stem member to apply a force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: Hydropac/Lab Products, Inc.
    Inventors: George S. Gabriel, Neil E. Campbell, Chinsoo Park
  • Publication number: 20140137804
    Abstract: A birdfeeder that is easy to disassemble and clean and re-assemble. The birdfeeder further having a configuration such that it can be affixed to like birdfeeders to increase the amount of birdfood being offered.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Inventors: David Chen, Leighton Chen
  • Patent number: 8720374
    Abstract: A liquid hummingbird feeder is provided with a liquid container having a sealable top opening and a bottom opening, a liquid tray adapted to immerse the bottom opening in liquid, and a valve mechanism adapted to close the bottom opening to enable the liquid container to be filled through the sealable top opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Woodstream Corporation
    Inventors: John Stone, Oliver McLachlan, David Harting
  • Publication number: 20140102373
    Abstract: Described is a fluidic consumable dispensing device for reliably and consistently dispensing uniform animal consumables. More specifically, the device dispenses animal consumables having the viscosity of a fluid such that the consumables are not broken or malformed and do not become oriented within the device such that they clog the flow of consumables from the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: Radio Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher E. Mainini, Greg Gillis