Nipple waterer leaking - I have a question

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by arlenena, Jul 15, 2016.

  1. arlenena

    arlenena Just Hatched

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    We are new chicken people and learning lots from all of you here. For that thank you. We started our chicks on the nipple waterer with no problems except for the drips that cause a muddy mess. I was trying to think of a way to eliminate that for several reasons. Health being number one. What if my husband created a metal or plastic pan with hardware cloth attached on top. Placed under the waterer to catch drips and poop but they would have to stand on the wire cloth only for drinking water. Any thoughts???
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    That sounds like a good plan. Are they vertical or horizontal nipples?
     
  3. arlenena

    arlenena Just Hatched

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    They are vertical. I've never seen the horizontal ones
     
  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Usually leaks come from some debris in the seal or too much pressure on the system.
    I'd try flushing them and lowering the pressure.
     
  5. arlenena

    arlenena Just Hatched

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    Thank you... Right now the nipples are on a cap that fits a plastic bottle. We have the kind that hooks up to a hose but haven't installed that one yet. How would one adjust the pressure on the bottle style?
     
  6. redneckcrazy

    redneckcrazy New Egg

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    From my experience the watering nipples are too week the best watering system is the cups you can get 5 on eBay for $14 with shipping i used a 55 gallon plastic barrel and attached PVC pipe at the bottom with two elbows and put a cap on end of pipe then just drill 4 3/8 holes in the 3 ft section after the elbows put paste on cups then screw in and they do make heaters for plastic barrels at farm stores
     
  7. ChickenCanoe

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    I don't think there is any way to. With nipples, be careful one doesn't create a vacuum which won't allow water to flow.
     

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