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Horizontal Nipples

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by jigfishnut, Apr 6, 2017.

  1. jigfishnut

    jigfishnut In the Brooder

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    Hi I have a dozen hens that I want to use the horizontal nipples in a five gallon bucket.
    How many nipples should I use and do I need more than one bucket?
     

  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

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    I think you should be fine with 4 nipples.
    If they tend to squabble and keep others from food and water use a second bucket but if they get along and have plenty of space, one 5 gallon bucket should suffice.
     
  3. jigfishnut

    jigfishnut In the Brooder

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    What kind of spacing should there be between the nipples?
     
  4. Nyla

    Nyla Crowing

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  5. jigfishnut

    jigfishnut In the Brooder

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    OK Thanks
     
  6. ChickenCanoe

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    If you have room for the chickens to reach all sides of the bucket, I'd place them equidistant around the bucket. North, South, East, West.
     

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