Nipple leaking help!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by bjolley, Aug 28, 2011.

  1. bjolley

    bjolley Hatching

    Apr 18, 2011

    I finished my 2nd watering system and I cant seem to get the nipples to stop leaking. I have a small video of it here

    I am not sure if it is the nipples I got off of Ebay are just cheap or if it is something else in the setup. They are not leaking from the point of insertion to the PVC they are leaking like the nipple is just full open, so to speak. It is feed by a 5 gallon bucket through 3/4 " tubing to the 3/4" PVC pipe. Anyone have this issue or any advice on how to fix it would be great.
  2. jen5680

    jen5680 Southside Silkie Shack

    Jun 18, 2009
    SW Ohio
    Did you wrap them with that tape b4 you put them in?
  3. Makomd

    Makomd Songster

    Jul 24, 2011
    ES of MD , USA
    This may sound stupid but have you checked if the ball bearings are still in them. I bought the cheapy screw on water nipples off ebay, and if they pop apart during installation the ball bearing seems to be what activates the water action. By the way mine work fine once I found the ball bearings and popped them back in.
  4. ChickenSahib

    ChickenSahib Chirping

    May 21, 2011
    Hmm.. that link is dead. [​IMG]
  5. gale65

    gale65 Songster

    fixed link:
  6. K8tieCat

    K8tieCat Songster

    Jan 15, 2007
    Northern California
    Mine did that when I first installed them; lost 11 gallon of water all at once. I ended up taking the thing apart, dumping the old nipples and putting in new ones, making sure that the plumber's tape was well secured before screwing in. Now there is very minimal drippage. Yes, I bought the cheapies from E-bay, too. I woudn't do it again.
  7. bjolley

    bjolley Hatching

    Apr 18, 2011

    Thanks for fixing my link, not sure what happened. I did not use plumbers tape but the nipples are not leaking around the seal they are leaking from the silver part that the chicks peck. It is like it is stuck open. It sound like people have issues with the Ebay nipples, is there a good place to buy better nipples?
  8. Colored Egg Farmer

    Colored Egg Farmer Chicken overload

    is this directly connected to the tap or bucket fed it could be a pressure issue.
  9. bjolley

    bjolley Hatching

    Apr 18, 2011
    It is directly connected to the 5 gallon bucket.
  10. Colored Egg Farmer

    Colored Egg Farmer Chicken overload

    Ok I would try to move the bucket up and down and see if that affects the leak at all. If nipple or cup waters gett to much pressure they can leak an other way is to push up on the nipple part and see if its hard to push that is another sign that the pressure is to high. let me know what you find out.

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