Chicks going to the Coop, waterer question

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Frazzemrat1, May 19, 2017.

  1. Frazzemrat1

    Frazzemrat1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So all of these threads recently about chicks going from the brooder to the coop reminded me of a question I'd had...
    So we're going to finish building our coop this weekend, and finishing securing the run. After some reading, I think I've decided to get a bucket/chicken nipple watering system, but currently my birds are not using the nipple system. Is it difficult to change that up on them? to go from a regular water system to the nipple system? and how did you teach your birds how to use the nipple system?

    Thanks in advance!!!
     
  2. ChickenMammX4

    ChickenMammX4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not a problem, they'll figure it out quickly. Ours switch back & forth...summer we use a cooler with nipple system, winter we use a conventional galvanized water on a warmer.
     
  3. SueT

    SueT Overrun With Chickens

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    When my chicks were 3 weeks of age, I learned about the nipple system and my hubby and I made a bucket waterer. I thought I'd have to transition them to it. Not necessary! The minute they saw those red nipple things, they began pecking at them. Good riddance to changing dirty water, I switched waterers then and there and never looked back. ( Maybe old birds would have more of a learning curve?)....Here are a couple of mine at 6 wks using the vertical nipple waterer. It's inexpensive, and easy to make. Good luck!
     
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  4. Frazzemrat1

    Frazzemrat1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! Mine are still young, 4-5 weeks, so it should be easy to transition, with what y'all are saying.

    Thanks again!!
     
  5. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

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    I just wanted to add, set the height for the adults and then use stones like the PP or bricks or whatever you have that will stay put for a booster seat under some of the nipples.
     
  6. Frazzemrat1

    Frazzemrat1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, as I don't have adults yet, I figured I'd set it low and then raise it up as they got taller...
     
  7. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

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    Ah, that's easier then. But the same deal for bantams and standards mixed (JIC anyone else searches this later).
     
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  8. MigraineMan

    MigraineMan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Made this nipple waterer for the run. We "trained" a few of the birds by jamming their faces onto the nipple tips. There's a concrete block as a step for the smaller birds. They seem to have figured it out, based on consumption and wet spots on the block.
     

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