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Waterer problems... ?

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I have recently switched my chicks over to bucket with poultry nipples instead of the traditional waterer in their brooder.  (I'm gone 9 hours a day at work, and when I came home the other waterer would have feces in it.)  So I made the bucket waterer like the one in the picture below, only with 4 nipples.  The nipples don't leak when the chicks aren't drinking, but they are making a mess when they do drink.  I'm coming home to find the pine shavings underneath very wet, and I'm aware when you combine the heat lamp with the feces and wet litter I'm asking for bacteria.  I'm scooping the wet pine shavings and replacing with dry shavings... but there has to be a better solution.  I expect I'll have the same problem out in the coop when they go out there... anyone have a trick for this issue? 



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I use a water bucket with horizontal nipples and have it up on a stack of cement pavers.  It doesn't leak at all, except for what comes out when the girls push the nipple, and the water never reaches the ground, it just gets the pavers damp and then dries.  I use this:

and it works great.  They also sell a larger one with more nipples, and I think they also sell the nipples on separately so you could buy the nipples and make one yourself.

Good luck!

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