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What is the best watering system?

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Just looking for ideas, opinions, etc...
I have a 3 gallon waterer that I am using right now... but I absolutely hate it. Refilling it is a pain and it always seems to waste so much water...

So what is the best watering system?
I'm also interested in learning more about the nipple waterers- how do those work?

Thanks!
Sarah

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With my older hens, I keep an old glass baking dish set up on top of a 8" brick, they don't seem to scratch straw or dirt into it so quickly and like to find that water up high. With peeps,I keep a shallow dish with some pebbles or marbles,they can easily get a drink then walk out.

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1 rooster(OEGame/Andalusian mix), 1 B.A./OEG hen,1 Black Jersey Giant hen, 1 Black Astralorp hen; 1 - ~White Plymouth Rock "Klucky". 1~Delaware hen.
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Originally Posted by AccioSarah 

Just looking for ideas, opinions, etc...
I have a 3 gallon waterer that I am using right now... but I absolutely hate it. Refilling it is a pain and it always seems to waste so much water...

So what is the best watering system?
I'm also interested in learning more about the nipple waterers- how do those work?

Thanks!
Sarah


It looks like you have but four birds. Consider hanging a 2 liter beverage bottle or plastic pitcher, small covered bucket, someting like that,with a nipple in the cap. Will take care of them for days. Clean and not at all wasefull.

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Originally Posted by Neil Grassbaugh 

It looks like you have but four birds. Consider hanging a 2 liter beverage bottle or plastic pitcher, small covered bucket, someting like that,with a nipple in the cap. Will take care of them for days. Clean and not at all wasefull.


I will be getting more soon- and I really like the idea of the nipple system. It sounds so much cleaner- and sounds like it lasts a lot longer.
But I wonder if it freezes often in the winter?

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I have 'heard' that freezing may be an issue with nipple waterers.  I live in Florida so don't have to worry about that.

If you were to take a 5 gallon bucket and drill 3 each 11/32" holes in the bottom of the bucket equally spaced, then you could screw in the threaded nipple waterers from FarmTek Supply.  Hang the bucket in the coop/pen and no more cleaning the water.  In the winter, you could place an aquarium heater in the bucket to keep the water in the bucket from freezing.

Personally, I swear by the nipple waterers.  Here is a pic of my watering system.  The idea came from this forum and is not original to me.  (Thanks BYC)

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/53005_p1230837.jpeg

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/53005_p1230839.jpeg

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/53005_p1230833.jpeg

Your original question was asking the "best waterer".  My answer to this will be the waterer that works for you.  There are lots, LOTS of options.  Nipple waterers are but just one.  Good luck and let us know what you decide.

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Originally Posted by AccioSarah 

I will be getting more soon- and I really like the idea of the nipple system. It sounds so much cleaner- and sounds like it lasts a lot longer.
But I wonder if it freezes often in the winter?


Of course it will freeze but if it is not to cold most nipples wil survive without damage. The aquarium heater is a good idea.
Myself - I wouldn't let my birds get that cold as a matter of routine.

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Quote:
Originally Posted by BankerJohn 

I have 'heard' that freezing may be an issue with nipple waterers.  I live in Florida so don't have to worry about that.

If you were to take a 5 gallon bucket and drill 3 each 11/32" holes in the bottom of the bucket equally spaced, then you could screw in the threaded nipple waterers from FarmTek Supply.  Hang the bucket in the coop/pen and no more cleaning the water.  In the winter, you could place an aquarium heater in the bucket to keep the water in the bucket from freezing.

Personally, I swear by the nipple waterers.  Here is a pic of my watering system.  The idea came from this forum and is not original to me.  (Thanks BYC)

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/53005_p1230837.jpeg

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/53005_p1230839.jpeg

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/53005_p1230833.jpeg

Your original question was asking the "best waterer".  My answer to this will be the waterer that works for you.  There are lots, LOTS of options.  Nipple waterers are but just one.  Good luck and let us know what you decide.


Thank you so much!!! I love this idea! I wonder if I can find those waterers at a store around here... I'll have to call around.
I appreciate it! I think I'll follow your idea pretty closely. smile

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Originally Posted by Neil Grassbaugh 
Quote:
Originally Posted by AccioSarah 

I will be getting more soon- and I really like the idea of the nipple system. It sounds so much cleaner- and sounds like it lasts a lot longer.
But I wonder if it freezes often in the winter?


Of course it will freeze but if it is not to cold most nipples wil survive without damage. The aquarium heater is a good idea.
Myself - I wouldn't let my birds get that cold as a matter of routine.


My coop will be insulated by winter, and I'll have a heat lamp for them, but still, it can get cold around here (Wisconsin), and I want to make sure my girls will be warm and cozy, and their water un-frozen.

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post #9 of 10

I love your setup! It's beautiful. What's the weather where you live with this setup? Also, what is the roof made out of?

Thanks,

Sharon
 

post #10 of 10

That is brilliant! I am looking for a better watering solution and that seems to be a great idea. Thank you!

I'm a new chicken owner and am already addicted! In my flock of 5, I now have 4 squatting, and the comb is now finally starting to redden on the final pullet. My two laying SLWs started 2/10/14 and are now laying every day!
My flock: 2 Silver Laced Wyandottes (Rosemary & Pepper) 1 Red Star (Sage) 1 Gold Laced Wyandotte (Ginger) 1 Australorpe (Patty)

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I'm a new chicken owner and am already addicted! In my flock of 5, I now have 4 squatting, and the comb is now finally starting to redden on the final pullet. My two laying SLWs started 2/10/14 and are now laying every day!
My flock: 2 Silver Laced Wyandottes (Rosemary & Pepper) 1 Red Star (Sage) 1 Gold Laced Wyandotte (Ginger) 1 Australorpe (Patty)

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