Nipple vs. cup waterers and auto fill - Page 8
I'm currently using vertical nipple waterers for my 3 week old chicks in the coop. The waterers don't leak on their own but when the chicks drink from them they are splashing water all around into their sand bedding! Has anyone else had the problem with the vertical nipple waterers making a wet mess?
I did take a plastic plate and cover it in hardware cloth and place it beneath the waterers, but the sand around it still seems to get wet. My setup is a small bucket suspended from one of the coop rafters with 4 nipple waterers. I have 5 baby chicks.
Sharon, we've been using the nipple watering method with an auto-fill system successfully for about six months. However, our weather has turned cold in the Pacific Northwest and we now turn off the water, disconnect the hose and use a heat lamp to keep the nipples from freezing. Still we only have a few weeks during the winter months when it gets this cold, so the system is working 100% the rest of the year.
If you're interested in the auto-fill system we use here is a link with detail information: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1140405/fully-automatic-hen-hydrator
The float-valve mentioned in this link is very simple, inexpensive and works like the system in most residential toilets. When the water level in the bucket drops, the plastic float drops and opens the water valve. When the desired water level is reached the water valve closes.
Edited by Egg Farmers - 12/9/16 at 12:50am