Leaking Nipples

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Chandra Prater, Jun 12, 2017.

  1. Chandra Prater

    Chandra Prater In the Brooder

    We have a PVC pipe waterer for our birds and it seems like some of the nipples are leaking. Do you often have to change out nipples on your waterers? Or do DIY waterers only have a limited lifespan? Don't get me wrong, we built it well, but chickens are super destructive. Do you have a favorite brand of chicken nipples?

    P.S.: I am still a 12-year-old on the inside and can't stop giggling as I type this.
  2. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Crowing

    Jul 19, 2015
    Coastal Bend, TX
    I started giggling as soon as I read the title :/

    I don't have nipples though so I can't help :p
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  3. coopdeville15

    coopdeville15 Chirping

    Apr 21, 2015
    Abita Springs, LA
    Sometimes they will leak if there is debris in the system. Sometimes just jiggling the pin will clear the debris and the leaking will stop.
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  4. Chandra Prater

    Chandra Prater In the Brooder

    Definitely trying that tonight! Thanks!
  5. blackdog043

    blackdog043 Crowing

    Feb 19, 2017
    Charlotte, NC
  6. katieuppi

    katieuppi Songster

    Feb 10, 2017
    Pacific Northwest
    A fair amount of water gets thrown out on the ground when they use the nipples. The container has to be straight up and down, not tilted at all. I bought 25 nipples for $3 on Amazon which allowed me to make small bottles for the brooder and several buckets now that they are bigger. This way I have extras to trade out of I need to, too.
  7. Chandra Prater

    Chandra Prater In the Brooder

    katieuppie, we definitely have more of them-- I think you and I may have even bought the same pack from Amazon. I have seen these drip so I know it's not just the chickens being messy. Right now, we are using the smaller, screw-on kind of waterers and lots of shallow pans (it's been very hot so we make sure to have a lot of pie pans full of ice available for cold water or a place to cool their feet). I think we're going to have to scrap them, though. I doubt they are hanging straight downward.
  8. ChcknNurse

    ChcknNurse Songster

    Mar 6, 2015
    Lancaster, Pa
    Hey guys, just noticed this thread and I wanted to let you know that the ones I ordered 3 years ago still don't drip. I use them outside throughout the year and in the brooders too.

    They are Horizontal Chicken Nipples, sold by Columbus Aqua. It says that water won't stay inside and therefore are safe from freezing.
  9. Chandra Prater

    Chandra Prater In the Brooder

    Anjee, I think I am going to try horizontal nipples after the summer is over. Everyone seems to have high praise for them.
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  10. DLE140

    DLE140 Songster

    Oct 25, 2015
    I also use the Columbus aqua horizontal nipples. No leaking at all. Very happy with them so far.

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