Leaking poultry nipples @rrrgh!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by plantguy90, Feb 1, 2011.

  1. plantguy90

    plantguy90 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got them from someone here on the forum, but its been a while and I lost his email. I drilled the 23/64 holes he recommended into 1" PVC, but they all leaked, and a couple of them cracked. Would silicone stop the leaks? I am frustrated as I am leaving on a trip and the last time we left the water duties to someone else a chicken dropped dead, probably from lack of water. Lots of teflon tape did not work!
     
  2. LVVCHAP

    LVVCHAP Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Was it Neil Grassbaugh? - if something is wrong I'm sure he can help. You can also try a small O ring at the base of the threads. I had trouble getting the threaded type to seal on a bucket and the O rings did the trick.
     
  3. plantguy90

    plantguy90 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey thanks, yes that was the name, it will help me get in touch with him, although there is nothing wrong with the nipples, its just that my 23/64 holes arent that clean. o-rings are a good idea, I will try that, but am out of time so its the back to the bucket for the next ten days.
     
  4. DanLeaAnn7

    DanLeaAnn7 Out Of The Brooder

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    We used silicon caulk around holes. My husband did file the hole a bit before screwing in the nipple. They do leak but just a tiny bit, and a lot of that is at what angle the nipple is to the pipe. Those that were at 90 angle seem to leak the most. We are new to all this - and with the freeze expected tonight we did empty the buckets, (was afraid the pipe or nipple would freeze and crack) - Hope this helps in some way !
     
  5. BellevueOmlet

    BellevueOmlet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Was it the nipple that cracked and leaked?
     

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