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So confused on the water issue... in coop, out of coup, horizontal nipples, waterer cups...

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I currently have 12 chicks in a brooder.  I had the typical waterer but they were fouling it up faster than I could keep it clean.  I purchased 4 vertical poultry nipples and a bucket and made a hanging waterer.  The pine shavings under the bucket are also soaking wet, I'm changing them twice a day now to keep it dry.  I've watched the bucket and they are not leaking, it's simply the chicks making the mess when they peck at the nipples.  So now I've been trying to research if this problem will be resolved with a different poultry nipple.  I'm not sure how the horizontal ones would be any different if the water leaks when peck at?  I read mixed reviews about the cups refilling and it sounds like they are really meant to have a slight water pressure behind them to keep the cups filled, which I won't have.  I also worry they'll just kick bedding or poop in the cups also?  

 

I've been reading thru tons of threads and I'm realizing that people seem to keep their waterers outside the coop and that hadn't even crossed my mind.  Our girls will be closed into their coop at night, and let our into their run each morning.. so they would need access to water in the night... correct?  Also, I live in Maryland where we do get snow and cold temps in the winter... so even if I could keep the waterer in the run, it would still need to be inside the coop in the winter, correct? 

 

I guess I'm trying to determine if worrying about wet bedding is even an issue?  If it's out in run then the vertical nipples I have now will be fine.  If I have to put it inside the coop, then I have to figure out another solution.

 

So confused... I'd appreciate your input!

Thanks,

Des

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They don't need water at night. They are sleeping and aren't coming off the roost because they can't see in the dark.

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“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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Dry bedding is important, so fixing that issue is a priority.  It's true that chickens don't eat or drink in the dark, BUT getting out there at dawn can be a pain.  My feeders and waterers are in the coop for that reason.  I make sure that the waterers don't leak.  Mary

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My run still isn't finished so I have water in my coop right now, the traditional waterers were a nasty mess. After some research I went with the horizontal nipples so far mine don't leak and the birds don't spill any. And clean water I haven't had to mess with for 3 days!




Edited by ladynewtochicks - 5/21/16 at 6:36pm
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I love the clear tote idea also, thanks!

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I love the clear tote idea also, thanks!

It's great! I still haven't had to refil it, no mess and I see them use it all the time so I know they are drinking 😊 I have 22$ into that waterer not counting the drill bit I had to buy because I couldn't find the size the nipples required in our shop
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I have the coop and then a mini run that attaches to the large run. I keep the coop door open to the mini coop where their water and food is at. I lock the mini run up. It is predator proofed very well. The larger run not so much. It solved my issue. Plus the girls are stuck in the coop until I get my lazy butt up to let them out.
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We use the horizontal nipples screwed into a PVC pipe system, our chickens love it! I do recommend putting some moisture absorbing crystals below them, because ours like to spill the water a bit when they drink.

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord- Collosians 3:23

 

 

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