Chicken Nipples Anyone

By ChrystalGail · Jan 11, 2012 · ·
  1. ChrystalGail
    Sorry about the title of this page... I couldn't help myself! I did a search for chicken nipples online and came up with some pretty crazy things!!!!! Beware if you try to search for these!
    Anyway, here is my new waterer for the chickens...
    I ordered some chicken water nipples from Kullas here on BYC to make some self contained waterers. After I got them, I went to Fry's (grocery store) and picked up a 4 gallon bucket for free from the bakery (frosting bucket, yummy!). Then I bought one 3/4" pvc pipe at home depot ($1) along with an elbow, a male and female connector and a cap ($1.71) of the same size as the pipe. Here is what I made...
    I used a 1" drill bit to cut a hole in the bucket as close to the bottom as I could, but leaving about 1/2" gap for the connector pieces.

    I fed the male connector through the hole and connected it to the female connector (they were threaded, so I just screwed them together. I sealed the inside with silicone so that it would not leak. Then I connected a short piece of pipe to the female connector. The elbow went on the end of that.
    Then I took my main piece of pvc pipe (cut to my desired length) and used a torch to heat up one of the nipples so that I could melt a hole in the pipe to the perfect size I needed. I made 5 holes for 5 nipples. Then I put the nipples together and threaded them through the pipe.
    I then connected the pipe to the elbow and put the cap on the end. I was very careful not to tip the pipe so the weights in the nipples didn't fall out.
    And there you go!
    5 Nipples................$4.17
    Grand Total......$6.88
    In the summer you can just drop a frozen 2 liter bottle in the bucket to keep their water cool.
    Feel free to message me if you have any questions...
    Thanks for visiting my page!!!

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  1. 356
    "Good idea"
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Apr 12, 2019
    thanks for the write up. Let us know how it works long term.
  2. Anonymous
    "Good job!"
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Jan 27, 2019
    Nice waterer and I like the parts list.
  3. rjohns39
    "Nice Job"
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  1. TCFarm
    Awesome! Thanks...been meaning to make an automatic waterer for my gals. This fits the bill, and is easy for a 'non-chicken lover' to do from the exterior of the run.
      Leighb72 likes this.
  2. Family Farming
    love the frozen 2 liter bottle idea!
  3. tp70731
  4. breakout
  5. Beour3rd
    where do you get those nipples ?? i cant find them. and the above link does not work.
  6. RoosterThigh
    I don't see how you clean the bucket out with everything glued to stiff joints and piping, could you please tell how you go about doing that?
  7. breakout
    The waterer I made (see link above) is working great and it's nice to be able to refill from inside the house. As far as freezing if it was going below 32 we ran some hot water through the system at night before bed (maybe 90 degrees) and it would be about 40 by morning so no problem. If it was going into the 20s we put a blanket over the system as well. We're in Texas, if we were somewhere with more freezing we'd add an aquarium heater. As far as algae no problems since we started adding collodial silver and covering the tank to keep the light out.
  8. butternutsquash
    How,is this working for you we haven't put ours in the coop yet
  9. tlsmpsn
    We made something similar, but with the first freeze this winter, even with heat tape around the PVC and a birdbath de-icer in the bucket, our water froze in the pipe. The nipples froze and the PVC cracked. :-( AND it was only 20*F - we get much colder as the winter goes on. We replaced the PVC, used the heat tape and insulation around it and... same thing. Nipples froze and water in the pipes froze. The water in the bucket has stayed nice and liquid.
    Now I'm back to hauling water out twice a day. Any ideas or thoughts on keeping the water from INSIDE the PVC from freezing?
  10. jchny2000
    Anyone using these for larger birds, turkeys or geese?
  11. breakout
  12. CelesteG
  13. BellaDolce
    May I ask a few questions?
    I made this waterer with a bucket purchased from Lowes. It leaked and eventually cracked at the drill hole after a few months. My husband thought because the bucket was fairly thin. We used plumbers tape as well as that blue-purple stuff that plumbers use that sort of welds the pieces together, but it chronically leaked.
    Recently, a friend gave me 2 'thicker' buckets from his restaurant that held soy sauce. The buckets still have a slight soyt it seems loose. SOmeone told me to get a 'compression fitting" from a hardware store. WIll this make it drip proof?
    Any other hints would be appreciated.
  14. Chicken Mama D
    This looks like a great idea! My husband and I ordered some of the nipples and have been experimenting with the best way to use them. This might be the one! Thanks for posting!
  15. wife89
    ok, so I am doing a bit of research... threaded or push in... which is best?
  16. fricknfricassee
    I purchased some nipples from Amazon that were advertised "not to leak" guaranteed" and they do leak!! The company is out of Korea and they are more expensive than the other brands offered. I don't know who to contact regarding this matter, but, don't be fooled like I was. The entire concept of having a "leak free" watering system is what I was striving for. The company name is "KYC" and I waited almost a month to receive the nipples. It could have been "KVC" sorry, but I don't have the information at hand right now.
  17. LoveChickens123
  18. clogan98
    Obviously, this works for you so it's dumb of me to ask, but using just a bucket, the gravity is enough to allow the water to run into the line and the nipples to work? I wanted to do this but was afraid it wouldn't be enough pressure.
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  19. TallChickMagnet
    In order to keep the PVC algae free just put a little apple cider vinigar in the water from time to time...
  20. PurplePoppiPpl
    has anyone had their pvc pipe become dirty (algae)
  21. Audio51
    I just ordered 10 for $4.95 with free shipping on Ebay...
  22. TallChickMagnet
    Try a little Apple Cider Viniger. I believe that the acid may help with the algae. Also mix in a tiny bit of DE....
  23. robertgower53
    I change my water every other day, and keep a lid on the bucket. Have not had any problems with algae. Putting a frozen 2 liter bottle of water in bucket every day keeps it cold and green free. I have a bucket in the coop and a bucket outside in the run. Saturday I put a small window A/C in coop. Water bucket is staying cool without frozen 2 liter bottle. I lost 2 hens last week due to 105 degree temps. Heat exhaustion! It was painful and sad. Now my girls are getting back to normal. They were devastated with the loss. Just stood over the bodies cooing.
  24. scottiehooch
    I love it and plan to make one when my nipples come in the mail. I've ordered two different kinds, poly/stainless steel 360 degree poultry nipples and push-in poultry waterer nipples, 5 each. Which nipple would be better with the PVC pipe waterer? Do you have a problem with algae? Since you use silicone to seal all the PVC pipes together, do you ever have to clean it? Is there anything non-toxic you can put in the water to keep down algae,if it is a problem?
  25. LMAC
    Thanks for the quick reply aricisom - we fixed the positions of the nipples to be straight down and our chickens and WE are very happy. This is a great system
  26. TallChickMagnet
    LMAC, yes they must point straight down because they use a gravaty spout to block the water from coming out.
  27. LMAC
    We've tried this and the nipples leak like a sieve. We have them positioned at about120 degrees downward - should they be 180 degrees down? Any help would be appreciated.
  28. mikebarry
    I LOVE homemade gadgets. I made something similar, but not nearly as efficient, after seeing a "poultry watering system) at my local feed store for $65.00!!! It was a plastic jug, with a hole in the bottom and a collection tray. $65?? Really? I used a very similar container (the frosting container you show), cut 5 "V" shapes around the bottom, screwed a plant watering tray to the bottom and then fill it with feed, it flows out through the V's and the chickens have a 1-1/2" "trim" to eat from. Keeps them from throwing their feed everywhere. And it only cost me about $4.00. Not the $50 that the feed store wanted for a poultry feeder. Home-made is WONDERFUL! Keep sharing!
  29. cstep56
    How would you keep this system frmo freezing in the winter or can you? thanks
  30. TheChickenLife
  31. Kimbroe1981
    I found packs of 5 for $9 on amazon with free shipping. I'm waiting on mine to come in! I'm so excited to get my chickens using them.
  32. TallChickMagnet
  33. ckanglin
    I bought these last summer when i started getting my chicken and they love them I have buckets hanging in my barn in pullies so that I can ajust the height and i have ducks to and they picked right up on drinking from them.
  34. Ginger2512
    Looks great I was looking for something like this. THANK YOU
  35. PrincessChicky
    Thanks for sharing this. I got my free frosting bucket today (buttercream, yummy!) and I've got my nipples hanging out around here (the chicken ones...), just need to get my PVC. :)
  36. micareli
    from the farmtek link
    we bought the nipples from the homesteaders supply, gonna build the system tomorrow the 21st
  37. micareli
    60° Super Flow Push-In NippleThe ideal poultry and bird nipple for both broiler and layer systems.
    • Perfectly waters your birds while keeping your litter dry.
    • We recommend 12-15 birds per nipple depending on bird type and environmental conditions.
    • Does not require a drip cup.
    • 360° side action pin.
    • Stainless steel, delrin body.
    • Sealing components are 100% stainless steel.
    • Push-in includes the rubber grommet.
    • Tubing drill hole size should be 9.5mm.
  38. OnTheWing
    I'm really liking this poultry waterer - did it take your birds long to learn to use this?
  39. micareli
    how many birds per nipple..... we are down to 39 birds,
    I have a 10' piece of PVC, how far apart.... 18" etc
    how tall off the ground for 6 week old birds vs full grown birds
  40. micareli
    duhhhhh.... helps to read all the threads/
  41. micareli
  42. robertgower53
    I did not have an issue with the freezing. My bucket is hanging and the lid comes off so I can clean it easily. Very simple creation and my birds love it. I also put a frozen 2 liter bottle in the bucket during the hot summer, keeps the water cool.
  43. marilena
  44. bird dirt 40206
    anyone have any issues using the exposed pipe/nipples freezing in the winter?
  45. LuckyMic
    Check out ebay and search for poultry nipples. You can get 5 for $3.80 or 10 for $6.20 with free shipping.
  46. Cali
  47. robertgower53
    Thanks, I did order. My Chickens are very happy. Hope they start laying soon.
  48. Oktober
  49. robertgower53
    I like this idea. Where do you buy the nipples?

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