Nipple Waterer

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by kmiller11, Dec 3, 2014.

  1. kmiller11

    kmiller11 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have been seeing a lot of the Nipple Waterers around and i am wondering if anyone has a way to hook that up to a hose so its always got fresh water.
     
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Yep, but would need a pressure regulator and wouldn't work in freezing areas.
     
  3. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    even a slight head pressure can overwhelm the nipples
    be sure to check the recommended pressure and stay under that or you'll be sorry.
     
  4. kishfsrm2000

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    I hooked mine up to a rain barrel under the coop downspout. 55gal of water lasts a looong time!
     
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  6. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    How do you filter it?

    I thought of doing rainwater but all coops are under big trees that constantly drop debris on the roofs which ends up in the gutter and would foul a tanked water source.
     
  7. kishfsrm2000

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    The mesh on top that keeps out mosquitos also keeps out debris. When oak pollen fires off in Feb. Here in Florida I may have to keep an eye on the bottom of the barrel. Oak pollen gets into everything it seems. I may also start adding apple cider vinegar. Supposedly good for chicken immune systems and will keep barrel free of bacteria. Once summer rains start the barrel will likely overflow regularly and water will get turned over more often.
     
  8. Highcotton

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    I use a 5 gallon bucket with the nipples plumbed to it. The water level is maintained using a Kerick Valve M052 PVC Mini Float Valve, Tank Mount, Fixed Arm, 1.5 gpm at 60 psi, 1/2" NPT Male. It mounts through the side of the bucket and a hose or water pipe can be attached to it. That makes the nipples gravity feed.
    That is a nice waterer.
     

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