Can't get chickens to drink from Beaktime automatic waterers - help!!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by jessgold, May 18, 2017.

  1. jessgold

    jessgold Just Hatched

    Apr 16, 2017
    For our new batch of chickens (currently ~9 weeks old) we installed a Beaktime automatic watering system (see photo below). However, not one of our nine chickens has tried out the new waterers. We've tried dipping the chickens' beaks into the waterers. The waterers are not too low or too high for the chickens (in fact they are at different heights because of a slight slope). How do we get the chickens to use the waterers? Or are we out of luck? (Note that we've put a regular jug of water in the coop, so the chickens do have access to water ... it's just that we'd prefer for them to use the automatic waterers, which stay a lot cleaner.) Any help would be much appreciated! Thanks!

  2. penny1960

    penny1960 Going back to La La Land Premium Member

    Dec 29, 2015
    Mossyrock, WA
    I actually took my birds to a cup I showed them how to fill them sticking their beaks in the water showing where the fill level is
    sure hope it helps
  3. blackdog043

    blackdog043 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 19, 2017
    Charlotte, NC
    I don't know about the Beaktime but I made this with the horizontal nipples and never had a problem. Just in case you need a different idea down the road.

  4. ChickenMammX4

    ChickenMammX4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2015
    SW Ohio
    Maybe they have, you just haven't seen them. Honestly, I don't think I've ever seen my chickens drinking but obviously they do. I'd remove the old waterer.
  5. Dria

    Dria Just Hatched

    May 18, 2017
    I just switched my girls over to this type of waterer when I moved them outside a few weeks ago (they are 10 weeks now). What I did was tip up the little yellow float to fill the cup up all the way so they could see the water better (I even let a little water flow over the sides). Mine didn't have any trouble figuring it out but they had been on a nipple waterer in the brooder so they were used to interacting with the waterer in different ways, not sure if that made a difference.

    ETA: Oh, definitely remove the other water source. I learned that the hard way when I was trying to switch them over to the nipple waterer. They will always keep doing what they are used to if you allow them to.
  6. Noreaster Egger

    Noreaster Egger Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 22, 2016
    This. They are creatures of habit. If the old waterer is working for them then they aren't going to change it up and use the new one. Pull the jug out and they'll start drinking from the new one when they get thirsty enough.

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