Originally Posted by qball53
Thanks for the visual. I have not converted to nipples because I was concerned about getting the correct height for the various chickens. Duh I didn't think about providing stepping blocks. I tried the little individual cups designed to be used on a bucket. They seemed like a great idea so I bought about 15 at $11 each I should have tried one or two because they SUCKED. At first they seemed great but within a week to 10 days they quit working one by one. I complained to the supplier but they had a lame excuse and weren't interested. Now I think I will try the nipples but I have heard the chickens do not get enough water? Does anyone really know if the chickens stay hydrated enough with the nipples as their sole source of water?
They have since grown some so you just pull blocks out as need, although I have surface mounted one so I will always have something under them so you dont end up with a mud pit. Mine seem to get plenty of water from it but dont be shocked if you let them free-range and the first place they run to is a nasty mud puddle. It is just a chickens way. It is not your watererer or water, they just prefer open water containers I think. They say 5psi for the nipples is optimum but I think I have a little more because I have a 15 gal source 3 ft above the nipples and when you push the nipples you get water like right now and with more pressure than the 2 gal one I use in the brooder. Hope my info helps and good luck.