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My son gave me for Christmas a 3 1/2 gal. automatic waterer with 4 nipples for my flock of 8 chickens and one rooster. I plan to build a frame for it to hang from because it has a bail for that purpose. Roo is just under 2 ft. tall and of course the girls are shorter. how far from the ground should the nipples be? I see nothing on the label that gives a recommendation. I have designed and built my coop, pen and chicken swing so this should not be difficult with a few helpful suggestions. Thanks a million. Peg

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Welcome to BYC!

 

Nipples are in bottom of bucket? 

Nipples should be a couple inches higher than the tallest birds head.

Bricks can be put under bucket for shorter birds to stand on so they can reach.

 

Are you in a place that it freezes?

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply
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Sorry I have been off for a while. Stuff happens.

All is well with the waterer. I built a frame to hang it from and have the bottom about 18 inches up from the ground. The chickens and rooster are doing fine with it.

Thanks for all your help.

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