Can you use watering vertical nipples with 1/2 inch PVC?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Stokley, May 9, 2017.

  1. Stokley

    Stokley Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I tried using nipples with 3/4 inch PVC and they worked but the pressure (from my Well) was too great for them. (Too hard to push the nipple value and came out way too fast.)
    I ordered a pressure reducer from BackYardFlock and it came with an attachment on each end to glue to 1/2 inch PVC.
    It appears that 1/2 inch might be too tight for the nipples so I'm asking if any one has tried this?
    Thank you for any response.
     
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  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    I've found that if you're drilling holes in the pipe for the nipples, you need 1" or larger pipe. The radius of 1/2" is too tight .
    Pressure regulators are necessary with all except systems that have an unpressurized gravity system. And even those can't have a lot of head height.

    ETA
    You can always come out of the regulator with 1/2" and then use reducers to upsize to 1 or 1 1/2".
     
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  3. cajun chicken

    cajun chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You could put a PVC tee with a cap in the line where you want to put each nipple. Then just tap in a nipple in the cap. Should have plenty of room to install the nipple. I don't know anything about the regulator you speak of but I built a poor man's auto-waterer using a toilet valve. Here's a link to the one I based mine off of. https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/my-pvc-true-auto-waterer.651102/
     
  4. Rooster one

    Rooster one Out Of The Brooder

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    I would use bigger size pipe and that way you will store more water at one time. Right now I am using 4" PVC piping and 5 chickens nipples. No problems at all.
     

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