bucket and nipple waterer

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Tofer76, Feb 5, 2011.

  1. Tofer76

    Tofer76 Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 7, 2010
    Carthage Il,
    well i use the 5 gal bucket waterer wiith 3 nipples in it and a deicer in it too .....and the nips froze the other day
    the water was thawed but the nip were not... i guess anything below the single digits and ill have to watch it
  2. gsim

    gsim Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2009
    East Tennessee
    I made one, but have not used it. I did not train mine to use it. Would have to deny them water for a day or more to see if they could catch on.

  3. blefky

    blefky life in the yard

    Mar 18, 2010
    stamford, ct
    Quote:I've found that you really only have to "teach" one or two to use it, and they teach the rest really quickly. I just tapped my finger on it to let a little water dribble out and they ran over to check it out in no time. At the moment I have 2 week old chicks in the brooder who've been using the nipple waterer for a week - took them about five minutes to catch on. I LOVE no poop in the water! [​IMG]
  4. chookadoo

    chookadoo Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 5, 2011
    just ordered my nipples online, can't wait to teach mine.
  5. 3forfree

    3forfree Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2010
    essexville, michigan
    can a rabbit waterer be used in the same way? I'm building a coop as we speak, and was thinking of ways to feed and water the birds. I had ring necked pheasants and watered them with a gallon jug, had it on a tree stump, and it worked pretty good.
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2011
  6. valley ranch

    valley ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Greetings, I'd like to see a picture of the nipples you're talking about.

  7. AnnainMD

    AnnainMD Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2010
    Eldersburg, MD
    Interesting, we've been in single digits and haven't had a problem. Is your deicer at the very bottom of the bucket or a floating one?

    3forfree, you can't use rabbit waterers they don't hold enough and it uses a ball. Chickens drink from the nipples by pecking, from what I understand balls don't work.

    Chickens will naturally peck something new to investigate it and when they discover it's filled with water, they go back to it. Shouldn't have to deny them water.

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