Nipple waterer system with different sized birds?

crazeetxn

In the Brooder
9 Years
Sep 20, 2010
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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!!!

Troy
 
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gryeyes

Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers
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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:
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Gallo del Cielo

La Gallina Resort & Spa
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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.
 

Southernbelle

Gone Broody
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Mar 17, 2008
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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.
 

crazeetxn

In the Brooder
9 Years
Sep 20, 2010
64
1
39
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
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