How to keep watering nipples from freezing??

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by milkiewiczj, Jan 6, 2015.

  1. milkiewiczj

    milkiewiczj In the Brooder

    May 20, 2014
    I hang a 5 gallon bucket from the ceiling with 4 watering nipples on the bottom of the bucket. I have a water heater in the bucket but the nipples freeze and the chickens cannot get any water. The water in the bucket stays unfrozen, it is just the nipples that freeze. What else could I do to prevent this?
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    change to a horizontal nipple. The seal is inside the container rather than outside so should resist freezing.
  3. pdirt

    pdirt Songster

    May 11, 2013
    Eastern WA
    X2 what CC said. We had issues with the vertical nipples (the kind you have) and switching to the horizontal nipples has been so much better, no freezing and other benefits.

    If you have a bird bath heater, upgrading to a submersible aquarium heater might help, depending on how cold it gets in your area. But for less $, you can build a new bucket with horizontal nipples. You'll still want the heater in the bucket, though.

    Here's a good long thread comparing the two types of nipples:

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