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!