It only took a few weeks for me to tire of filling a one gallon water feeder twice a day. I decided to give nipples a chance. Since I'm out there with a hose filling horse buckets anyway I think the nipple setup will make life a bit easier with (hopefully) less waste. Anyway here is the setup. It took about 30 seconds to get the first hen to start pecking away at it. I checked just now and at least 5 of the 12 took a drink while I was there.