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Nipple watering system for ducks?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by dianneS, Apr 25, 2016.

  1. dianneS

    dianneS Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 16, 2009
    South Central PA
    I'm new to ducks. I know that they need to dip their bills in water when eating, but is it possible to use the nipple style waterers, like I use for the chickens, in addition to their tubs of water? Their water gets dirty so fast, I was just trying to think of an additional source that would always stay clean. Would ducks learn to use a nipple watering system or would they just ignore it? Has anyone tried it?
  2. JetCat

    JetCat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 26, 2015
    Southeast Alabama
    yes you can use the nipples as a secondary water source.
  3. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    It may depend on the ducks - not all ducks have the same behaviors.

    I just change their water at least once a day. When they were ducklings, sometimes it was 3 times a day.
  4. cricketol

    cricketol New Egg

    Can you use nipples and a pond as watering sources? Or would you need more?
  5. dianneS

    dianneS Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 16, 2009
    South Central PA
    These ducks were raised in the chicken coop with the chickens. They had both the nipple system and a tub of water. I never watched to see if the ducks took to the nipple waterer but I do know they saw the chickens use it! I may give it a try and see if they'll use one!
  6. Duck Drover

    Duck Drover Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2013
    Ducks need to be able to submerge their bills in water and bathe. They don't need a huge pond but they do need a small tub of water at least.

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