We just recently acquired a few chickens and I switched them over to a chicken nipple water bucket. They seemed to be doing fine with it - until I started free ranging them during the day. Now, my husband and my Dad have been critical of the chicken nipples from the get-go, but I insisted it was a better, cleaner, easier way to water the hens. However, when I let them out to free range in the morning they practically RUN to the horse water trough and glirp up as much water as they can. I have defended myself by telling my husband and father that if they have an alternative water sourse, they will use it instead of the nipples, but they just keep rubbing it in my face that the chicken nipples are not working. I would like to hear opinions and experiences from others who use chicken nipples and have had their chickens use them just fine but prefer other water sources if available... or if you think my husband and Dad are correct? (The hens were locked up for almost two weeks with just the chicken nipple bucket for water before I started letting them out consistently to free range during the day) Thank you! DebiR.