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post #31 of 55

We have used nipples since the chicks were in the brooder. I love them. We have a PVC pipe one in the coop, and a bucket one for in the run. In the winter, I'm hoping a pond heater and some insulation around the PVC pipe will be good enough in the coop (we don't get below freezing often or for long though). The one in the run I'll likely just add hot water to every day. There's pictures of ours here and here.

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post #32 of 55

For a length of PVC with nipples, how far apart should the nipples be placed? Do those of you using PVC with nipples in pens attach the PVC to the wall or fence to keep the chickens from perching on the PVC? I'm working on a new poultry house, it has multiple yards to keep breeds separate. I haven't yet started on the water system, and I want to do it right. I have been using the automatic bowls, Little Giant, type waterers, but the nipples sound like they are more maintenance free. I have very hard water, will they clog up or start to drip from the mineral buildup?
Thanks for everybody's help.

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post #33 of 55
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i am so glad for all the info in this thread i am learning so much about this water system!!  It would be great if ya's could put up more pictures of how you have yours  it really helps to see it visually!!  I have very hard water as well  was wondering the same thing desertmarcy  its never been an issue with wht im using now which is just a big rubber water bowl.  But it does get nasty with algae and poop

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post #34 of 55
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Originally Posted by desertmarcy 

For a length of PVC with nipples, how far apart should the nipples be placed? Do those of you using PVC with nipples in pens attach the PVC to the wall or fence to keep the chickens from perching on the PVC? I'm working on a new poultry house, it has multiple yards to keep breeds separate. I haven't yet started on the water system, and I want to do it right. I have been using the automatic bowls, Little Giant, type waterers, but the nipples sound like they are more maintenance free. I have very hard water, will they clog up or start to drip from the mineral buildup?
Thanks for everybody's help.


Mine are about 5-6" apart, but I don't think it matters so long as the integrity of the pipe isn't compromised, and the chickens can fit in there side by side. 5-6" has worked well for us. Ours is attached to the wall. I don't know about hard water clogging it, I guess we'll see. I have hard water too. In my last response (right above yours) I posted links to lots of pictures and more information on how we did ours.

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post #35 of 55
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Originally Posted by ladysfield 

I'm also wondering about algae...I would love to try the nipples because our birds drink so much in the heat. Freezing not really a problem here in North Texas, but nasty stagnant water sure is. Can these be flushed with a bleach solution to clean? Perhaps take the nipples off and soak them separately, then flush the lines. It would be a nightmare if we left water in a container for a week and expected the chickens to drink it.

What does the vinegar do? Help with algae?

Ladysfield


I think it helps with the slime.  We're in the same boat as you are with the stagnant water.  One of our issues is also wind blowing dirt in there, so this system will really help.  Once we get our coop round 2 done, we'll get to working on the water nipple system.  I don't mind going out and filling it every day, but with this wind lately, several times a day just doesn't work well!  lol

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post #36 of 55
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Originally Posted by Chickiebabyfluff 

I have been reading and researching the nipple watering systems   are they really worth it?  Is it best to install them inside the coop or out in the run or both?  Any adivse would be apreciated chicks due to go out into the coop in about 4 weeks


The are and honestly they can be really inexpensive. I recommend QC Supply and get a few of both types. They're only $1ish/ea. Cleaner water, far more sanitary! http://www.qcsupply.com/420006-poly-stainless-steel-360-degree-nipple.html

The
"Simply Lemonade" and other juice bottles in that line make PERFECT singles. A four-six gallon bucket with lid make awesome multi waterers!

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post #37 of 55
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Quote:
Originally Posted by AyeUpChuck 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chickiebabyfluff 

I have been reading and researching the nipple watering systems   are they really worth it?  Is it best to install them inside the coop or out in the run or both?  Any adivse would be apreciated chicks due to go out into the coop in about 4 weeks


The are and honestly they can be really inexpensive. I recommend QC Supply and get a few of both types. They're only $1ish/ea. Cleaner water, far more sanitary! http://www.qcsupply.com/420006-poly-stainless-steel-360-degree-nipple.html

The
"Simply Lemonade" and other juice bottles in that line make PERFECT singles. A four-six gallon bucket with lid make awesome multi waterers!


awesome!!!  ty ty ima give it a try!

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post #38 of 55
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chickiebabyfluff 
Quote:
Originally Posted by AyeUpChuck 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chickiebabyfluff 

I have been reading and researching the nipple watering systems   are they really worth it?  Is it best to install them inside the coop or out in the run or both?  Any adivse would be apreciated chicks due to go out into the coop in about 4 weeks


The are and honestly they can be really inexpensive. I recommend QC Supply and get a few of both types. They're only $1ish/ea. Cleaner water, far more sanitary! http://www.qcsupply.com/420006-poly-stainless-steel-360-degree-nipple.html

The
"Simply Lemonade" and other juice bottles in that line make PERFECT singles. A four-six gallon bucket with lid make awesome multi waterers!


awesome!!!  ty ty ima give it a try!


Glad I could help out! Gotta love some BYC right?!?!?!?

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My Flock Page!

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/ayeupchucks-flock-page

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Breeder of Bourbon Red Turkeys, Black Copper Marans, Olive Eggers, LF Buff Faverolles, Crested Cream Legbars and White Bresse!

 

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post #39 of 55
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by AyeUpChuck 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chickiebabyfluff 
Quote:
Originally Posted by AyeUpChuck 


The are and honestly they can be really inexpensive. I recommend QC Supply and get a few of both types. They're only $1ish/ea. Cleaner water, far more sanitary! http://www.qcsupply.com/420006-poly-stainless-steel-360-degree-nipple.html

The
"Simply Lemonade" and other juice bottles in that line make PERFECT singles. A four-six gallon bucket with lid make awesome multi waterers!


awesome!!!  ty ty ima give it a try!


Glad I could help out! Gotta love some BYC right?!?!?!?


you got tht right doesn't get any better then BYC!!!!

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post #40 of 55

If you want to buy just nipples remember that the MINIMUM shipping charge at QC is $6.35. So $1.18 each may not be such a good price. Now if you are going to buy other stuff at the same time that could change everything.

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