Fresh Water?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by chickschool, Oct 29, 2011.

  1. chickschool

    chickschool Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How hard is it to train your chickens to use a nipple waterer? Do they get enough? Does anyone know if you can train ducks to use one? And my biggest question...does anyone make a waterer that keeps the water level constant AND has a filter to be sure the water is always clean?
     
  2. cva34

    cva34 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 13 jumbo BobWhites .And 8 A&M Cots in 3 dif coops,no one is laying,there resting tell next year.They been on waters all along.What a Pain.Bought some red nipple waters about 2.00 each E-Bay .Installed in 1/2 PVC pipe cap and plumbed up to overhead water bottle.Put them in at a height that they had to reach up a little to use.I was worried too about them figuring it out(so I pulled up a chair with a cool one planning on a long wait.)Within a few minutes one walked up to it and pecked at the SS shaft sticking out then proceded to get a drink then here come the rest MONKEY SEE MONKEY DO.Its been over 2 weeks and no one seems dehydrated or any problems.So in less than I beer they had it!!!!...cva34
     
  3. wyododge

    wyododge Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I just held their head, and tickled the waterer with their beak. They have a 'oh my gosh' look in their eyes when you do it. It is kinda fun to watch. They all watch each other and learn. We did it to a few birds cause it was fun to watch, but I don't think you need to.

    We don't put a filter on, they will drink water out of the road, puddles, almost anywhere. You can see our setup, which is semi-automatic on our page. The problem I have experienced with auto waterers is if the valve fails you end up with a huge mess. If you fill with a hose, you can have it drip and adjust the flow. That way if there is an over flow, it is minimal.
     
  4. BlazeJester

    BlazeJester Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chicks used a hamster waterer when they were little. I dunno how this compares to nipple feeders, but chicks are curious and smart and can figure it out [​IMG]
     
  5. petejd

    petejd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They work great. 2 day old chicks, rubbed their beaks on the nipple only once. and they were all over it..
     
  6. chickschool

    chickschool Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the feed back. Does anyone have any idea if ducks will use it? I'm just trying to find a way to provide fresh CLEAN water to my girls.
     

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