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nipple waterers: do they work? Can older hens be trained to use them?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by billmac, Apr 2, 2014.

  1. billmac

    billmac Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Fount waterers are a pain. Almost impossible to keep clean. Do nipple waterers work with an exisiting flock? Any caveats?
     
  2. Balloonjuice

    Balloonjuice Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Curiosity will cause them to peck at the nipples at first. Once one or two of them have figured out that it is water, the whole flock will catch on pretty quick.

    I suspend a food grade five gallon bucket off the ground. The lid keeps the chickens from flying into the water. Expect some water to be beneath the nipples. If that is a caveat, that would be the only one I would think of. Make sure you don't let the water stand too long. I don't know how big your flock is, but they enjoy a cool drink more than a warm one. The food grade bucket should keep most contaminants (BPA and the like) out of the water. The lid will keep the "other kind of contaminant" out.

    HTH
     
  3. ThaJuicyJuice

    ThaJuicyJuice Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cups over nipples here. The nipples drip more.
     
  4. billmac

    billmac Chillin' With My Peeps

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    cups?
     
  5. GAchickennewbie

    GAchickennewbie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I lucked out with mine.

    Put a water bottle spout (from a rodent water bottle), attached it to a 2 liter bottle of water, my girls got curious, and started drinking from it immediately.

    I'm hoping my Chunky Chicken shows the new babies how to do it when I integrate them.
     
  6. pawtraitart

    pawtraitart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Horizontal nipples don't leak like vertical nipples do. Adult birds will teach themselves to use it within a day....sometimes instantly if they are thirsty. My coops are dry and no icky water to dump out or automatic cup drinkers to clean out. I've put horizontal nipple drinkers in the coops of clients and watched as their adult birds started drinking from it right away even though they had never seen one before. I've never had a chicken fail to learn how to use them. They are in my quail coops, too. I switch all of my babies to this type of drinker when they are 7-10 days old, even the quail.
     
  7. billmac

    billmac Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What about in the winter? Right now my fount waterers sit on a heater to keep from freezing.
     
  8. pdirt

    pdirt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you use horizontal nipples, this product will keep the water and nipples from freezing:
    http://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-All-...F8&qid=1396575722&sr=8-6&keywords=250w+deicer

    If you use vertical nipples, you need something warmer, such as an "unbreakable" aquarium tank heater.

    Either item to be placed in the bottom of your nipple bucket.

    At least that has been my experience, tested down to -9F.
     
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  9. GAchickennewbie

    GAchickennewbie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As a fishkeeper and the victim of a few failed heaters, may I recommend getting a heater that is submersible? As far as the hobby of fishkeeping has come, all heaters can't be submersed under water.

    I would recommend a heater for a small fish tank. They are metal, don't have a tendency to overheat or fail, and are reasonably priced.
     
  10. billmac

    billmac Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can anyone give me a link to a place I can get the horizontal nipples?
     

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