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Can Baby Chicks Use Horizontal Nipples?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by AUChickenGal, Jun 11, 2017.

  1. AUChickenGal

    AUChickenGal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Minor SOS situation here...

    I have chicks coming from Meyer Hatchery this week (due to hatch/ship tomorrow). I was setting up the brooder this afternoon and realized that my chick waterer is leaking like crazy! I have a couple of small bottles (orange juice jugs, actually) with horizontal nipples already installed that I used during the grow out/integration phase for my last pair of chicks. I've looked around a little here, but I can't find any information on whether brand new baby chicks are capable of using the horizontal nipples (I see many people using vertical nipples for them, but those work a little differently...).

    Any insight? I can try to scramble and find another waterer tomorrow, but it would make my life much easier if I could just use one of the ones I already have.
     
  2. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls Professional in training Premium Member

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    Sure you can use them.
    Just make sure you show the chicks where the water is.
     
  3. AUChickenGal

    AUChickenGal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! I wasn't sure if they'd have the strength to push the nipple in far enough to get water. Good to know that that shouldn't be a problem, in case I can't find another waterer before they arrive.
     
  4. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

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    I've only ever used the verticals but I wanted to add that a shallow dish filled with rocks or marbles works in a pinch.
     
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