Height of a nipple water system?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Framac, Jun 20, 2011.

  1. Framac

    Framac Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was already to assemble everything last night, and had a hard time coming up with the proper height to put the nipples. I was thinking 24 inches. I have all large fowl. Should that be a good height?

    Thanks,

    Christopher
     
  2. BellevueOmlet

    BellevueOmlet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You want them to look up when drinking so they can drink continually by having it flow directly down their throats when they hit the nipple. I can't give you the right amount of inches because different chickens are different heights but if you hold it next to them, you should be able to tell what height that is.

    Good luck!
     
  3. BoltonChicken

    BoltonChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    About the height of the top of their heads.
     
  4. Framac

    Framac Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was thinking of going with 24 inches My birds are currently 10 weeks, and I think that they would be fine with that height, but the are still growing.

    Any other ideas welcome.
     
  5. 5150Chickenlady

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    I would love to read more on this.. as I have everything from Mini Cochins to Jersey Giants... Any Suggestions???
     
  6. PaulRaye

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    I just put mine in this weekend. I installed them so the nipples are 18 inches off the ground, it seems high but where I've read they should be. I have my first chickens showing up next weekend and they will only be 5 weeks old so I figure I'll use some bricks to raise "the level of the ground" until they are full grown.

    I can't say this is the 100% right level to put them, it's just what I did.

    As for having chickens of different heights, I don't see why you could run the pvc pipe at a slant to get many levels.

    Paul

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    Last edited: Mar 23, 2015
  7. Naser

    Naser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote: That is what I was about to say
    Put them to the height of your biggest hen, put bricks for the smaller ones
     

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