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Chicken Nipples

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by TucksMama, Jul 13, 2013.

  1. TucksMama

    TucksMama Out Of The Brooder

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    I have been watering my chickens with a two gallon water. I made a 5 gallon bucket with chicken nipples underneath that hangs from the top of the coop. I cannot get them to drink out of it. I have even put peanut butter on the nipples to get the girls interested in it and it didn't work. Any ideas? I like the 5 gallon bucket because the water stays clean and I don't have to worry about filling it everyday. I'm afraid if I take away the 2 gallon waterer they will not drink. Its too hot right now for them not to have something to drink.
     
  2. tymimo

    tymimo Out Of The Brooder

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    I would give it a little time. Is the waterer at the correct height? The nipples on my waterer are a little above head level. Do you use ACV? If so I might put ACV in the nipple waterer and plain water in the 2 gallon waterer. At least my chickens appear to prefer the ACV. Lastly, maybe provide a little demonstration to the girls. Jab the nipples with your finger and let them see the water. I agree you shouldn't completely remove the old waterer until you are sure that they are drinking from the new one but maybe you could remove it for an hour or so and watch to see if they go for the new one? Good luck.
     
  3. TucksMama

    TucksMama Out Of The Brooder

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    I've tried all those things except the ACV. So I'm going to get some after work. How much per gallon?

    Thanks!
     
  4. tymimo

    tymimo Out Of The Brooder

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    You can search the forum but roughly a tablespoon per gallon seems to be a popular amount. I'm of the "one big glug" school.
     
  5. TucksMama

    TucksMama Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks I'll try try it and see what they do.
     
  6. chicknleg

    chicknleg Out Of The Brooder

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    I put the nipples in a plastic pipe one foot apart and ran it along the fence sloping it down so they are at different levels. So far my 11 hens have shown no interest either. Of course I just took them in from a friend that has been using a pan for 2 years. Haven't gave up yet but I'm thinking the auto water bowls may be better for older birds. Will save the nipples for a new flock of chicks...Will be watching to see if you find the hot tip!
     
  7. TucksMama

    TucksMama Out Of The Brooder

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    UPDATE - I put ACV in the bucket and they LOVE it. I didn't even have to entice them with peanut butter!
    Thanks, tymimo!!
     
  8. father-clucker

    father-clucker Out Of The Brooder

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    Ours got acustomed to the nipples in about a day.. Unfortunately ours stopped working after about 3 months and water would not come out well even after cleaning so we ditched them in favor of a pan of water.. We've decided to move to a plumbed cup water that they can drink out of.. Oh well..
     
  9. Rich386

    Rich386 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here are nipples that you will not have any problem with. Spring loaded with O ring seat.
    I have not had to touch mine in over two years!
    HORIZONTAL POULTRY WATERING NIPPLES right here on BYC

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  10. Rich386

    Rich386 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here are nipples that you will not have any problem with. Spring loaded with O ring seat.
    I have not had to touch mine in over two years!
    HORIZONTAL POULTRY WATERING NIPPLES right here on BYC

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