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Frozen water nipples...problem solved but now chickens won't use bucket. What to do?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by jgirl922, Nov 25, 2014.

  1. jgirl922

    jgirl922 In the Brooder

    Mar 19, 2014
    Flint, Michigan
    We had a couple of days where the nipples froze on our water bucket. We have since gotten a warmer and my husband checks every day and the nipples are no longer freezing but I swear the chickens aren't using the buckets anymore. Eating snow instead etc. What should I do?

    Thank you!

  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    They probably gave up on them. Perhaps if you remove the bucket for a day and return it in a new location it will peak their interest.
    Make sure that the nipples are eye level.
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Mine like to eat snow too if it's there...I mark the jug with the HN's in increments so I can track the water level drop, that's the only way to know how much they are drinking.

    Try tapping the pins until you get one of them to drink, that one will show the rest.

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