- Jul 8, 2012
Our metal watering container is getting rusty. I assume the rust is not good for the chickens so I plan on getting a new one. How bad is the rust for the chickens? Which brand or material do you use and why?
How did you teach them to use it? We have wanted to try this but we're concerned it would be difficult to train them to drink from a nipple.Mine rusted too. I recently changed over to the nipple watering system, making my own with a food grade plastic bucket from Lowes, and water nipples from a feed store. You might want to check out the idea. The water stays perfectly clean, I just love it; here's a video of a couple of mine using it:
I've started new chicks on the vertical nipples without issue but I've also converted grown hens. The hens I converted were my mom's and she doesn't live close enough for me to check on them multiple times a day. So, I put the new bucket in at proper height and where one fount had been. I left a second fount in place. A week later, I removed that fount meaning the new bucket was the only water. I threw a handful of scratch under the new bucket and pulled up a chair to watch. Once they'd all had a drink after their snack, I considered the transition complete. It took less than an hour. And, they've done absolutely fine with it.How did you teach them to use it? We have wanted to try this but we're concerned it would be difficult to train them to drink from a nipple.