- Jun 7, 2015
I have a couple of questions regarding horizontal nipple waterers and water consumption. Does anyone who uses horizontal nipple waterers feels that their chickens consume less water? I switched about 2 months ago from a standard style waterer to a 2 gallon bucket with horizontal nipples. I have this waterer up on 4 pavers so the nipples are about chicken chest height. I like this waterer because it is easy to keep clean, but it seems to me the girls have to work harder to get the water (it is working properly - no disfunction) than they do just drinking from a standard waterer, and as a consequence they drink less. I put a 1 qt chick waterer out late yesterday morning because one girl is acting off and I wanted to make sure she is drinking. All 4 girls started drinking from it when I put it out and it was nearly empty when I picked it up last night. In contrast, in 5 or 6 days they only drank about half of the water in the 2 gallon waterer. How much water should a single chicken drink every day? Are my girls getting enough water from the nipple waterers? I'm I over thinking this?