So I have seven week old baby chicks that I finally was able to move outside into their coop. I want to use the nipple system so I bought one from the store and put that in the pen. I took them over to it and tapped their beak on it and then kinda pecked it myself with my finger. No one would use it. That was two days ago. I read on here that you need to be patient and not use any other water while switching them over. The thing is is that I have still not seen them drink out of it. Granted I am not out there 24/7 and I have not seen them eat either but at least I can see the food going down. I am not sure if the water is going down or not. How long can chicks last without water? Do you think after two days they are drinking and I am just missing it? At this point I am starting to dread going out there thinking I am going to find a chick died of dehydration.
Also, this is a vertical water system. I eventually want to use a horizontal one. Once they get the nipples down they will not have a problem switching will they? Thanks so much for your help. I really appreciate it.