getting chickens use to Drinking from Wattering Nipples

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by DixieAngels, Sep 25, 2013.

  1. DixieAngels

    DixieAngels Hatching

    Sep 24, 2013
    Pine Bluff, Arkansas
    I have just installed a watering nipple system in my coop is there anyway to get them to get use to using is vs the watering bowl method?
  2. jdoane

    jdoane Songster

    Aug 7, 2013
    Western Massachusetts
    I trained my chicks on it when they were about 4 weeks. They learned very quickly. All it take sis one figuring it out and then the others follow.

    Do you have a way of calling them? For instance whenever I have a treat for them I always call "Chook, Chook, Chook" So I used that same call and then would touch the metal tip with my finger so it would jiggle and water would come out. That's pretty much all it took. Just getting their attention. I kept my other water available too. First one chick got it. Then another and another. There was still one that seemed to prefer the other waterer but once I saw that all of them could use it I didn't worry about the other waterer as much.
  3. Murphy212

    Murphy212 Songster

    Feb 5, 2013
    I finally got the system in a couple months ago. My chickens were about 20 weeks old and were extremely curious as I was installing.....tried to "help" me by jumping on my tool box and getting in my way. After getting it up, I just sat on my little work stool and tapped the water nipples, after a few minutes or so, a couple came over to see what was going on. As soon as I left, the same ones checked out the new "thing" in their run and all were drinking from them by the end of the day. I left the old watering container in the run for a couple of days to make sure everyone knew about the nipples. Then removed it. Have had no problems.
    One of the best things I have installed and has saved me a lot of work. Love the nipple watering system!!
    Good Luck

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