drinker cups or poultry nipples

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Jheem13, Mar 20, 2013.

  1. Jheem13

    Jheem13 Out Of The Brooder

    22
    1
    24
    Feb 25, 2013
    central oregon
    I live in Oregon where winters can become quite severe. Now I know either of these won't suffice during the cold, but I want suggestions on which you all would prefer. My flock is only 5 total.
     
  2. Mikedero

    Mikedero Chillin' With My Peeps

    336
    22
    113
    Mar 22, 2012
    Watertown CT
    I have both for the spring, summer and fall. for the winter I use a 5 gallon bucket with water nipples under it and a bird bath warmer to keep the water from freezing
     
  3. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

    5,651
    902
    316
    Jan 20, 2011
    middle TN
    I also have a 5-gallon bucket with three nipples and a 250W deicer that I use in the winter. It only got down to the upper teens this year so I can't say yet how far below that it will work but my ladies had water all winter with this simple setup. I do have the bucket in the coop but it's not heated or insulated so that's only wind protection.
     
  4. Jheem13

    Jheem13 Out Of The Brooder

    22
    1
    24
    Feb 25, 2013
    central oregon
    Perfect. This sounds like options that I can make work. The only thing I have left to do is see if any place locally has nipples and cups.
     
  5. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

    5,651
    902
    316
    Jan 20, 2011
    middle TN
    I couldn't find them anywhere locally and the people at the feed stores seemed to think I was joking when I asked if they had chicken nipples. Shipping was reasonable -- they do fine in a padded envelope.
     
  6. cobbcruiser

    cobbcruiser Out Of The Brooder

    40
    1
    26
    Feb 25, 2013
    Atlanta Metro
    I ordered a set of nipples last week, so should get them this week - I found some with free shipping.

    I've got several 5-gallon buckets so I can put one to good use... [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2013

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by