Brite Tap sounded too good to be true, but as it turned out...it wasn't!
Granted, the device wasn't cheap, but you do get what you pay for and this was worth it for me!
Just like their ad said...I was fed up and disgusted with their old fashion, cheap, watering container as it was always empty or filthy. So, after being a slave to it for 11 months, I couldn't take it anymore and found this on an internet search.
Here's a video on how it can be installed on a small, water cooler or a number of other options...they did an excellent job on this video so you just need to follow their lead.
I've had it for my two hens for a month now, and love it! It's pretty hot in NC right now, so I put 1 of ice cold water in it first then another gallon of ice cubes with 2 tablespoons of ACV and keep it mounted high and in the shade 100% of the time!
If your hens have never used "nipples", do like I did to get them to overcome their fear of it and to try it! I placed an ice cube on top of the clear, plastic, horizontal nipple feeder and as it melted they went to it to catch the drops of water!
Then they'll see a drop of water dangling off the end of one of the nipples and the rest they figure out fast after that! Do not expect them to figure it out on their own or it could turn into a disaster! Stay around so you SEE one of them drink from it...after that, the rest will follow suit!
My gals had never seen a "nipple" feeder before, so this is what I did to get them to try it and my smart hen was on it like a duck on a June bug in no time!
Bought a 2nd hand (unused, in box) on Ebay for a great price! Just make sure it's not "used" so you won't get a damaged one!
Anyway...here's a pic of how I'm using mine but the video will show you a dozen ways to use it - if your flock is larger.
In the winter, I'll put warm water in it and will bring it in the house at night to keep it from freezing up....but in NC, we don't have too many below-freezing nights anyway.
In addition to this in winter, I'll use my heated water bowl as you can't have too many sources of H2o!
You do need to be careful to handle the nipple feeder as it is rather delicate and you cannot let it sit in the sun or it will grow algae in it!
The 1 Tablespoon of ACV keeps the water from forming any microscopic organisms from spoiling it, but once every two weeks you should empty it, clean it out and start over again!
Hope this helps someone out there who is just starting to keep or raise chickens in their back yard!
I'm also crazy about my new self-feeding, plastic bin with the two ports made of PVC pipes so they just stick their heads into it and eat all the dry, clean, feed they want!
No more nasty, messy, wasteful feeders or waterers for this gal!