Made a nipple waterer!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by CandiceN, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. CandiceN

    CandiceN Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It took 2 pitchers (Cracked the first one, oops! But we had 4 pitchers and never used more than 2 at once, so it's OK), but we made a nipple waterer this weekend. I saw my Little Red using it this morning, so I know they'll get the hang of it. It will be SO nice to not have to worry about them putting dirty stuff in the water anymore! I'd like to figure out a better way to hang it, so it's not at such an angle, but this works for now [​IMG] (fixed this problem!) I also added the cat food can you see in the picture to keep oyster shell in, per suggestion of someone else on BYC. Great idea!


    UPDATED: I got it to hang level using a strategically placed metal hook. Pardon the chicken butt [​IMG]

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  2. ChickiKat

    ChickiKat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2011
    Eastern Kansas
    I like your feeder...
     
  3. CandiceN

    CandiceN Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks! [​IMG]
     
  4. cackydoodledoo

    cackydoodledoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 7, 2011
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    Get another cat food bucket or any bucket and put the nipples in the bottom of it and then you can hang it by the handle or attach chain to the sides. That's what I did and it works great. Also with the bigger bucket I don't have to fill it as often.
     
  5. CandiceN

    CandiceN Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks for the suggestion! I prefer to change the water daily, but perhaps in the future I'll upgrade to something larger [​IMG] I also like that I can see the water level very easily with the clear pitcher.
     
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  6. sixty7x

    sixty7x Out Of The Brooder

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    haha, I never thought of using the pitcher! I made the same thing with a 6" pvc tube that I have to fill with a pitcher in the winter. Guess I could've just left out the pvc and saved myself a step. great job [​IMG]
     
  7. CandiceN

    CandiceN Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks! I used what we had laying around because I don't want to spend any more money and we already owned the pitchers [​IMG] Our chickens have cost us more than we planned already (I'm sure I'm not alone in that one!) so we're working with what we've got from now if we can help it! So for the cost of the nipples they got a new waterer and I don't have to clean poop and sand out of their watering tray twice a day anymore.
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  8. PapiChoso

    PapiChoso Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the post. I'd been thinking about making one but hadn't made up my mind. I'm definitely doing it now!
     
  9. gale65

    gale65 Chillin' With My Peeps

    So the nipples are working at that angle? I always read that they have to be straight up and down or else...not sure what the 'or else' is but leaks maybe.
     
  10. CandiceN

    CandiceN Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:They do seem to be dripping a bit. Nothing bad at all, but that's why I want to figure out a way to hang it straight [​IMG] I left the cement block we had under the old waterer there, to catch any drips while I figure out how to fix it.
     
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