Need a Cleaner Watering System

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Morganharper, Jun 10, 2017.

  1. Morganharper

    Morganharper In the Brooder

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    I currently have the standard waterer from tractor supply (with the white top that screws into the red trough like thing on the bottom), I have to completely empty and clean the water twice a day because of how much dirt and bedding gets in it. I don't mind cleaning it but if I go out of town even over night I have to worry about them being without clean water in a few hours. I'm looking into a waterer with the trigger dispense, but I heard the chickens have to be taught how to use it and mine really aren't the learning kind. Would this new trigger type be a good idea? (Sorry long post)
     

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  2. Bteeg

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  3. Bteeg

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  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

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    You'd still have to clean out each reservoir. I use vertical nipple waterers, as in the above post, but I'm going to give horizontal ones a go. I also provide a basin of water, cleaned daily outside their run. They much prefer the basin of water. The vertical nipples I find useful if i need to isolate a bird to either break their broodiness or medicate, as they can be suspended in a crate with ease (I have a couple of half litre plastic soda bottles with the nipples drilled in the cap, which work very well for that purpose).
     
  5. Ljc01

    Ljc01 Songster

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    My chickens never got the hang of nipple, but took to the cups right away. I just clean the cups once a week and refill the container.
     

  6. HenOnAJuneBug

    HenOnAJuneBug Crowing

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    Watering nipples are the way to go, and horizontal ones are better (IMO) than the vertical kind. I have both. Vertical nipples will freeze in the winter, but horizontal ones won't if you keep the water from freezing.
     
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  7. Morganharper

    Morganharper In the Brooder

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    Thanks y'all I got the vertical ones today so we'll see how it goes
     
  8. blackdog043

    blackdog043 Crowing

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    You already got the vertical nipples but I like the horizontal nipples better and they don't leak at all, unlike the verticals. My 5 gallon for the coop will last almost 2 weeks with 8 chickens. I made a 1 gallon waterer for my brooder.

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  9. Bteeg

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    I've never seen the horizontal nipples before. Where did you all purchase them??
     

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