Nipple or Cup system for the hot southwest desert?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by aglutenfreemom, Aug 23, 2013.

  1. aglutenfreemom

    aglutenfreemom Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all! I'm in Las Vegas and just got baby chicks. Right now they use their chick waterer, but soon they will be ready to go outside. Will a nipple or cup system work, or is it just too darn hot here?

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  2. LoneOak

    LoneOak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes a nipple or cup system will work. Keep your reservoir in the shade and if it is that hot a lot of people rig systems using large water coolers for reservoirs and add ice to it as needed. Do a search in this sub forum and you will find many topics on feeding and watering in hot areas.
     
  3. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

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    A lot of us here in AZ use them. I make sure the chicks have them from the very beginning; they take to them very quickly. On the very hottest days here we put frozen gallon jugs into the waterer to keep it cool, which the chickens very much appreciate.
     
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  4. marktoo

    marktoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I started them out using nipples on day 1 but switched to cups. During a run of temps from 100 to 111, I placed a pan of water out in the run, the chicks seemed to prefer it, actually leaving the tractor to get a drink & seemed to drink more. I thought the cups would be a good compromise since I like the closed system. I use ACV in the water, dropping frozen water bottles in the cooler during hot weather. Every 10 to 14 days I flush the lines & wash out the cooler. Works well...I'm pleased.
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