How long before baby chicks drink from handy dandy nipple things?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by bigoledude, Feb 3, 2011.

  1. bigoledude

    bigoledude Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 16, 2011
    SE, Louisiana
    I am gonna set up my brooder in the same coop that the chicks will live in for the rest of their lives. There will be a partition that I can slide further and further as they require more room as they grow. The coop will have a really nice set-up with the watering nipples and PVC pipe

    Many people write about putting rocks or marbles in the waterer so the chicks don't drown. I'm thinking that most folks are using the old inverted jug-n-bowl rig to provide water to their bitties. I remember, as a kid, watching baby chicks pecking at EVERYTHING. It seems, to me, that they should find the nipples pretty quickly. Would they? Or, how old should they be before we can rely on them to get adequate water from the nipple doohicky?
  2. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 20, 2011
    middle TN
    There was someone on this board fairly recently who started chicks on nipples without a problem. I'm planning to do the same when mine get here. I figure that the chicks have to learn to drink either way so it shouldn't be any big deal to show them a nipple rather than a dish. And, of course, the silver tip will surely be appealing to them.
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2011
  3. featherz

    featherz Veggie Chick

    Mar 22, 2010
    Saratoga County, NY
    I put a nipple waterer in the brooder and the chicks start using it right out of the incubator. No issues at all, just make sure it's the right height and close enough so they don't have to walk too far. [​IMG]

    (this is a homemade model, using the nipples purchased from qcsupply)
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2011
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Chicks use nipple waterers very readily. They learn quicker than adult birds, who often take as much as 20 minutes to learn how to use 'em. [​IMG]
  5. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 12, 2009
    BuCo, KS
    My Coop
    My first set of chicks drank out of rabbit waterers. With any waterer - whether rabbit, nipple or traditional bowl, you need to teach them how to get water that way. With the bowl, I dip their beaks several times so they know that's where the water is. With the rabbit waterer, we held them and the bottle, and forced their beak against the ball until they got a drop of water on their beaks. Once they understood how to get water, they helped themselves from then on. I would imagine you'd need to do the same with the nipple waterer to get them started.

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