merry Christmas all ........ i think i got the feeder under control now the water is next. i have your average rubber bowl for water and it gets tipped over now and then. what other water system is out there? how do the water nipples work and what kind of container is used with them?
I don't know anything about the watering system for nipples. I know there art quite few threads regarding them. You can make them yourself or purchase them online & possibly at the feed store.
I use a regular poultry fount, 1 in the coop & 1 in the run. I also use a modified cinder block heater for the water. You can get the general idea here: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/428896/my-diy-water-heater So far it has kept the water from freezing.
As far as which is best I can't tell you, the fount is all I have used. Even though mine is raised on a block, those scratchin' dirt flingin' chickens can really make a mess, so it needs to be cleaned very regularly
Here's a couple of nipple water articles:
This doesn’t show it but I keep a large rock in the bowl when it’s up like this to keep them from tipping when the water level gets low. I find it tips when they perch on the edge. It was 4 degrees above zero when I took this so the rock was frozen in ice and could not go back in.
I’ve also used this for this type of waterer in a brooder. I shaped a stiff wire to fit over the plastic jar and hung that from above to keep the jar from tipping over. I put screws in around the base to keep the chicks from pushing that base over so it will stay level.
Best of luck!
Edited by Westfordchix - 12/30/15 at 8:12am