Horizontal Chicken Nipples and Chicks

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by katieuppi, Feb 16, 2017.

  1. katieuppi

    katieuppi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm noticing that a lot of people favor the horizontal chicken nipple over the vertical. Are the horizontal nipples appropriate for chicks, or are the vertical a better bet until they are more developed? Thanks so much! This community is great!
     
  2. Zoomie

    Zoomie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi @katieuppi and welcome to BYC!

    I tried this just recently because I had four chicks I was raising and this is the first time I had to try it out. I did not try and use it until the chicks were about 4 weeks old. I think that's actually a little early and if I was going to do it again I might wait a bit longer... nevertheless I was successful, but only because I watched very carefully and made absolutely sure they were all using it. It turned out that the two biggest strongest chicks picked it up almost right away, from watching me push it with my finger. I made sure there was a tiny amount of water in that little bitty cup and they were both able to do it the first day and never looked back.

    The other two took about a week longer before I was certain that they could do it right. In the interim I went out there with them once an hour, and pushed the valve for them which puts a little water in the cup. They got so that they ran up to my finger the second they saw me do it, and drank each time. After the first couple days I only went out every two or three hours, and then by the end I was just doing it in the morning and at night. By then I was certain they were OK.

    I do think though that I should have waited and next time I will. I have to say it was really wonderful when they were able to use the valve because all at once the water was always clean! I brood my chicks in a dog crate out on the enclosed porch, with the valve I could set it outside the crate and they had lots more room to run around. It was easy for them to reach through the bars of the crate to get to the nipple.

    Hope this helps and best of luck with your chickens!
     
  3. katieuppi

    katieuppi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you so much!
     
  4. hereorthere

    hereorthere Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, works well for baby chicks - but they were all around 1-2 weeks old when my 2 broodies took them out of the brooder, and in no time they were all hoping up steps of brick to to drink from the nipples. While in the brooder for that 1st week, they had the older, conventional waterer.
     
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    I put nipple and conventional drinkers in the brooder from day 1. Once they have got the hang of the nipples, I remove the conventional drinker (usually after 2-3 weeks).
     
  6. skidoolady

    skidoolady Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello All,
    I'm planning/building my coop and am curious if this is a good choice drinking cup for my hens. Your input is appreciated. Thanks
     
  7. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    those are gonna be a pain to clean out every day.

    It may be an idea to check on your country thread to see which drinkers people prefer - "Canadians check in here" - https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/144/canadians-check-in-here
     
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  8. lutherpug

    lutherpug Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can use either horizontal or vertical with your chicks. In my experience the earlier you introduce the nipple waterer the faster they will pick it up. But, it is imperative to make sure everyone is using it before you remove your other waterer. I know many people use them from the first day.

    I also hated the vertical nipples, they slowly leak and will make your brooder a wet mess. The horizontal ones are much better.
     
  9. skidoolady

    skidoolady Out Of The Brooder

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    So this would be a better choice?
     
  10. Zoomie

    Zoomie Chillin' With My Peeps

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