Nipple waterer system with different sized birds?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by crazeetxn, Oct 19, 2010.

  1. crazeetxn

    crazeetxn Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 20, 2010
    West Texas
    So I got some nipples the other day and was about to attempt to put them on the 5-gallon bucket. Was gonna hang it off the wall and not a problem...then I thought, uh, I've got 2 that are bigger than the rest. My rooster and my black giant are taller than my other 9.

    I know it needs to be so they can reach up and get a drink, so if I put it at a good height, will the other two use it? Or should I just reserve one nipple for them and make them their own waterer?

    Thanks for the inputs!!!

    Last edited: Oct 19, 2010
  2. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    It doesn't hurt the taller birds to duck a little bit to drink. Set it for the "greatest good" level.

    I was worried about the bantams, so I put two bricks like stair steps at the base of the upright concrete block on which the bucket is placed.

    And then my first GrandChick showed me how very smart SHE is:
  3. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

    May 6, 2010
    My Coop
    Where there's a will, there's a way. That is a great pic Linda. crazeetxn- you could make two waterers and put them at different heights, but I think they'd all use one anyway. They do seem pretty flexible about the height.
  4. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

    Mar 17, 2008
    I would set it to the height of the larger birds and put a cinder block step nearby for the younger ones to use.

    I have to go take pictures of mine, but I used a bucket on the outside of the pen with a flexible tube to 2 sets of nipples for my birds. I put the sets at different heights since I have bantams and standards in one pen. When I have chicks in the pen, I'll put a few bricks under one of the bantam nipples so the babies can hop up and reach the nipple.
  5. crazeetxn

    crazeetxn Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 20, 2010
    West Texas
    See, it's the simple things. Guess I could hang it up, then just put some stairs if some of the shorter ones needed a boost.

    Smart little birds you got there [​IMG]

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