Chicken Nipple Waterer

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by lilymia, Jun 19, 2016.

  1. lilymia

    lilymia New Egg

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    Hello,
    Just joined this website today, but I've been using it for some time to get ideas for our coop and raising chickens. We recently bought a nipple waterer for our chickens and have found it leaks when they drink from it. Our floor is concrete and we use shavings or straw for bedding and it creating a big mess from the water spreading in the bedding. Other than this issue, we love it. Has anyone else had this problem or know of a way to manage it?

    Thanks!
     
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    I have never used nipple waterers before. I have thought about it though. Anyway, I am of no help!

    Definitely follow the link to our Feeding and Watering your Flock that Yorkshire Coop has left for you. I am sure someone can help you there with this leakage.

    Good luck and we do welcome you to our flock! :)
     
  5. micah wotring

    micah wotring Overrun With Chickens

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    Hey, Welcome to BYC!!!!!!

    I'm not sure about your's but my nipple waterers came with a small rubber O-ring.
    You have to put it on the nipple when installing it to keep water from leaking.

    Hope you figure it out,

    MW
     
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2016
  6. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hello and welcome to our community. There will always be some water that falls from the nipples - they are not necessarily leaking, its just that your chickens are not catching it all. I have some birds that were raised from day 1 using nipples and their technique is far superior to flock additions that had to learn how to use them as adults. Could you not put the water station outside the coop?

    All the best
    CT
     
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  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    sorry no experience with them.
     
  8. azjustin

    azjustin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In my experience, vertical nipples will leak quite a bit, then it freezes and they leak a lot. Horizontal nipples have some spillage from the birds, but never seem to leak even in extreme heat or cold. And by spillage of the horizontal nips, a drop or two, which are typically snatched up by the one using the nipple.

    Good luck.
     
  9. runt325

    runt325 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wnt to tractor supply and I saw those nipples and I am wandering if they will work for chicks
     
  10. micah wotring

    micah wotring Overrun With Chickens

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    WV boy here!
    OK, thanks.
    Mine are the vertical ones but I am thinking of getting some horizontal ones to use in the winter.
    Do they freeze up??
     

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