- Apr 2, 2013
Thank you Loan Oak. As for dripping, I had that problem too. Tried plumbers tape, not much better. Just got some aquarium safe silicone yesterday and am now going to try that.
I've been using the little push-ins...I settled with putting two on the lower side of a Trader Joe's Ice Tea gallon jug opposite the handle, that way I can sit the jugs flat when I am refilling them instead of having them sit on the nipples and having it leak all over, and then I hang from the handle at a slight angle. I also drilled a couple of air holes near the cap, not sure if it's really necessary, but I have noticed there is no black stuff (mold, mildew, upchuk?) any more. I have had leakage occasionally, not sure if it's from my inexpertly drilled holes... now I use silicone caulk around the little collars. I made about six of them and switch them out for my six hens weekly and as needed, have one inside, one or two outside. I use water with ACV. I am very satisfied with the system. The grils had no trouble figuring out how to use them. I got a pan-style heated waterer for winter, but the girls seem to prefer the nipples, just take a swig or two in passing and move on...
I use 40 watt Bird Bath Deicers and in my water buckets with Horizontal nipples and they never froze even when we had -15 degrees F. at night and never got warmer than 9 degrees during the day for a week to ten days.I made a switch this winter to the horiz nipples in my water bucket. So far I like them! They drip less during use than the vertical type & are positioned more inside the bucket. Although my water never froze last winter, the vertical nipples iced over when we got down below 8-9'F. The drips of water also froze causing an ice slick below the water bucket. So far so good. The hens drank from it right away. It’s easier to refill. There’s less dripping as the hens drink. (I was able to remove the pan below.) The water stays clean & I simply refill it once a week when I clean it. (The submergible heater only turns on when the water temp goes below 35’F.)
The only thing I don't know yet is if my set up will freeze when below zero. I know the heater will keep the water inside the bucket from freezing, but the exterior of the nipples may freeze.