Nipple Waterer

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by SAAVE853, Sep 29, 2010.

  1. SAAVE853

    SAAVE853 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 14, 2010
    I have a 5 gal waterer now and i am a bit disgusted by the smell that thing gets after just a day or so, even when i take it all apart and clean it with mild soap it will still start to smell after a day or 2.

    I go out of town a lot for work especially on the weekends and i despise finding the water so nasty when I return, feed is not a problem as I have a 14 lb hanging feeder now my question is as follows:

    Has any one put a nipple system on a PVC pipe connected to a hose so you don't have to have a reservoir?
  2. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

    May 25, 2007
    SW Wisconsin
    Ok, I'll answer here too...

    Yes, that is how they are normally run in commercial operations. You must have a pressure regulator though as they are only designed for less than 1 psi of pressure. These are the ones I use in my barn. The red item on the left of the system is an adjustable pressure regulator. The clear risers show water height (pressure).

  3. Cluckn Crazy

    Cluckn Crazy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 25, 2010
    Peterborough, Ontario
    Search apple cider vinegar.

    My chick waterer had an awful smell in it everyday, although I washed it with soap and water. A splash of acv and the smell is almost completely gone. Healthy for the birds too.
  4. chickendogfarm

    chickendogfarm Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 2, 2011
    Stockton, NJ
    try mounting 3-5 nipples on the bottom of a 5 gal bucket with lid. works like a charm
  5. BellevueOmlet

    BellevueOmlet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2010
    If you are using a bucket, you can use the nipples or cups but if the bucket is not enough, you will need the regulator Mac suggested so you can hook directly to the pressured hose.
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2011
  6. Sparky2726

    Sparky2726 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 19, 2011
    Hiwassee, VA
    How well to your hens take to the nipple waterers?

  7. BellevueOmlet

    BellevueOmlet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2010
    My hens did very well with the nipple waterers. I used to complain about them because I "felt" that they did not provide enough water for my chickens but everyone has told me I was wrong. I believe them but still feel better with waterer cups.

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