Water nipples? (Vertical, Horizontal/side mount, saddle) - Page 2
Question: for very cold temperatures, wouldn't the horizontal nipples freeze up because they are further away from the heat source? I have vertical nipples on the bottom of a bucket...but ive been curious about the horizontal nipples as well. I just picture the vertical nipples being directly below the water and heater, so they should stay free from ice. I dunno. Anyone with experience on this? This is our first winter
I changed to horizontal nipples just before heading south for the winter. It was 10 degrees in MT last night and the house sitter tells me that the new watering system is working just fine. I think vertical nipples would freeze more readily as so much of the nipples hangs below the water container. With horizontal nipples the whole nipple is in contact with the container. I'm using a clear rectangular tote (10 or 15 gallon), horizontal nipples, and a stock tank deicer that is safe to use in plastic containers.
Thank you!! I'll try that.
I used vertical nipples (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004NEIS1M?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_search_detailpage
installed them in pvc pipe and they worked beautifully. I'm in Houston so freezing is seldom an issue, but when it does freeze I move the water into the coop where the chickens keep it warm.