I just took a few minutes on my break to look through most of this thread but I did not look at every page yet (I;m at work, so that will be on my to-do list tonight!) but I did not see any of these yet.
I don't be doin' no poopy water at my house! It's nasty and it is a full time job with chicks to keep their water clean. I make my own waterers for my chicks, I have about 8 of these now. This was my very first one I ever made, and I had to re-do the hanger on it because I found a much better way. I will have to take some more pics later.
We save old bottles and jugs. Really you can use whatever you can get as long as it has a screw on lid and a place to attach some wire. I have one made out of a sprite bottle and I had to poke hole in it to run the wire thru the top and it leaks like CRAZY when you fill it up. Gatorade and Powerade bottles have nice grooves where you can wrap wire around for hanging.
You HAVE to use a sharp knife and cut a few slits in the top or the water will not come out of the nipple when they go to drink if there is a vacuum.
Drill a hole in the lid, screw in a poultry nipple
Fashion some sort of wire hanger onto the bottle and hang it on your wire cages. Works best with small chicks if used in a cage with a top because you can only hang it so high.
This last time, we used eye bolts to hang them from some wood in our brooder, they can be raised easily once you drill a pilot hole. Ours are outgrowing these smaller bottles, I plan on making some larger ones here soon.
I'm not 100% sure on the ratio of nipples to chicks, but ours never fight over drinking water, we have no dirty poop water, and their bedding stays nice and dry. I use bricks under their water bottles and they absorb any leaks and dry before it can get to the litter
EDIT: added new pics
I call this one the udder. Old vinegar bottle, some wire, poultry nipples and a drill... About five minutes of your time. Cheapest, cleanest, easiest waterer, this one is top fill unlike the others. I could have probably put four nipples on the bottom but I only had three at the time.
Made from a v8 bottleEdited by MESOFRUFFEH - 3/30/16 at 4:50am