Making a chick nipple waterer

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by belindaschicks, Apr 22, 2019.

  1. belindaschicks

    belindaschicks Songster

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    I would like to make a nipple waterer for my four new chicks. Has anyone done This? I have one in my coop for my other chickens and love it. I bought it. I would love to start my new chicks off early and not have the mess .
     
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  2. christwodog

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    I used a sterilite 1 gallon pitcher from WalMart and installed 2 horizontal nipple waterers. I placed it on a brick and elevated it as they grew. But I did keep the chick waterer in for a few weeks until I was sure all were using the nipple waterer. Some of them wouldn't attempt using it until they were a couple weeks old, others began within the first week. I think this is a good way to get them used to using a bucket waterer, since that's all I use in the coop/run area.
     
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  3. Jbum

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    All mine including the ducks and turkeys took to it literally within minutes.
     
  4. christwodog

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    That makes life easy - but some of my littlest chicks didn't quite have the strength to push in the silver part repeatedly. That's why I left the chick waterer for them. But by the time they went outside at 3 weeks of age, all were using the waterer without fail.
     
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  5. debid

    debid Crowing

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    Here's mine. It's height-adjustable so I can keep raising it as they grow. I start my chicks with this and they've all used it, no issues.
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  6. blackdog043

    blackdog043 Crowing

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    Not sure what kind you use, but I use horizontal nipples starting at 2 weeks old.

    brooder horizontal nipple waterer.jpg
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Vertical nipples can make more of a mess than a open waterer.
    But then I strongly dislike VN's...because of the mess they make. :oops:
     
  8. debid

    debid Crowing

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    Now, now, just because you bought cheap nipples... Should have ordered from Neil Grassbaugh. Whatever happened to him, anyway? I need some new gaskets for some old nipples.
     
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  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Never heard of him.
    What gaskets?
    They leak where the pin is supposed to seal the flow...if they aren't hung plumb or a tiny piece of detritus gets in there they don't seal.
    Thread seals are another issue altogether.

    The other reason I dislike them is you can't set the vessel down.
    HN's are much easier and they don't freeze.
     

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