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Can ducks or ducklings drink from water nipple

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Not recommended at all. It might seem like an attractive idea for reducing mess, but it is essential for ducks to have water that is deep enough to dip their heads in. They need to be able to wash their nares out. They also like to wash their food down with water and clean their beaks from food and dirt that sticks to them. For these reasons, water nipples are not recommended. Itwould result in very unhappy unhealthy ducks.
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Not recommended at all. It might seem like an attractive idea for reducing mess, but it is essential for ducks to have water that is deep enough to dip their heads in. They need to be able to wash their nares out. They also like to wash their food down with water and clean their beaks from food and dirt that sticks to them. For these reasons, water nipples are not recommended. Itwould result in very unhappy unhealthy ducks.

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You *can* use nipple waterers, but you still need to keep a deep enough container of water for them to dunk their entire heads in... not only do they need to clean their nares out (and believe me, you DO NOT want to see ducks running up to you covered in duck boogers) but they also need to be able to rinse out their eyes...
And easier access to water will keep them from choking on their food... smile.png
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You *can* use nipple waterers, but you still need to keep a deep enough container of water for them to dunk their entire heads in... not only do they need to clean their nares out (and believe me, you DO NOT want to see ducks running up to you covered in duck boogers) but they also need to be able to rinse out their eyes...
And easier access to water will keep them from choking on their food... smile.png

Duck boogers, hahahaha
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Thanks everyone I always have a huge pool for my baby and feed pans so I will not use these thanks
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I use water containers with nipples for my ducks. I have one in the coop and one in the run next to their food. They also have a 50 gal 'pond' in the run. I also have a small plastic container that I change daily, just enough for them to stick their heads in. I like the nipples, especially in the coop, because it lets them drink while they eat without soaking the pine shavings. It also means they always have clean water to drink. Even with the deeper water they can dunk their heads in they still drink from the nipples.
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I use the nipple system in their night pen.  It is better than no water at all!  During the day they have full access to our stream and pond, so they can bathe and dunk their heads in there.  It keeps the coop dry, I wouldn't do it any other way.  I started them on the nipples when they were about a month old.  They picked up on it within 2 days.  Their water stays clean and pure, and I only have to refill it every 4 days or so (it's a 5 gallon bucket for 8 ducks).

 

As long as they have an alternate water source during the day, it works great.  Ducks raised on only a nipple system will have poor feather quality, and may have other health issues as well. 

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Here it shows how they can eat and drink at night without making a mess.  They will actually go into their duck house for a drink during the day too, they must like the clean fresh water.  Ducks love clean water - they love to make it muddy!  During the day - they swim, drink and poop all in one place :)

 

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