Newbie needs help! Chickens not drinking.

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Bay House Hens, Nov 2, 2010.

  1. Bay House Hens

    Bay House Hens New Egg

    Oct 12, 2010
  2. bigspringshatchery

    bigspringshatchery Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 26, 2010
    Roanoke Alabama
    i had trouble with teaching my chickens to use the nipples. all i can tell you is set with the chickens and tap on the nipples to get water to drip down. do that about 5 min every day and they will catch on. untill then you might want to get a regular waterer. it took my girls about 3 to 4 days to get a hang of it. i set on a bucket next to the waterer and when they were walking around me just tapped the nipple and it would drip on the ground. and if you can try to get a drop of water to stay on tip of the nipple that will attract them. i was told that the morning is the best time to train them to do this.
  3. matimeo

    matimeo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2010
    Just grab one of them, push its beak against the nipple until it recognizes water is coming out. Once it starts attacking it, the others will be sure to follow suit.
  4. Jessiewoodard57

    Jessiewoodard57 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 2, 2010
    Bushnell, FL.
    After I installed mine I went into the coop and started bleeding the lines. Starting at the nipple on the end of the water line I allowed it to run a solid stream then proceded to the next until I reached the water source. You can bet the chickens were watching me because right after I left the Coop they were all over the nipples.
  5. Bay House Hens

    Bay House Hens New Egg

    Oct 12, 2010
    Thank you for all of the help! Great news... they're drinking from the nipple [​IMG]

    I used a combination of all suggestions... tapping, squirting, pushing a beak against the nipple... and they figured it out. Shwew. [​IMG]
  6. nczookeeper

    nczookeeper Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 30, 2010
    My girls are always leery of new things. . .it always takes them a day or two of looking at something before they appear confortable with it. . .is that just because they are young, or is it normal for chickens to be 'chicken' [​IMG] ?
  7. can you hear me now?

    can you hear me now? Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2008
    Southwest Missouri
    Good luck. Was thinking of trying something like they used for hampers or perils. Only bigger.

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