Nipple water does not have put out enough water?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by kate2008, Sep 25, 2015.

  1. kate2008

    kate2008 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 16, 2015
    My gals have been on a nipple waterer since they have been 5 days old. They took to it great and I loved it. They are now 22 weeks old and I noticed that they run to the dog bowl when I let them out in the morning. I clean out and check my nipple water 2 x a week. It is working fine. I watch them use it. I wonder if the output is not enough. It does seem to let out a trickle. Has anyone had this experience?
  2. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Studies show that birds who are given water via nipples typically drink less water than birds given water via a basin. I would have to bet this is because a chicken's natural inclination is to scoop and tilt. Admittedly nipple waterers do a fantastic job of keeping things clean, but birds seem to prefer basins. So no, it's nothing wrong with the nipple waterer, it's just normal behavior when exposed to something outside the range of instinctual behavior.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by