Nipple watering system...

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by newchknlvr, Feb 11, 2013.

  1. newchknlvr

    newchknlvr Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 17, 2012
    Carthage, Ny
    Can someone break it down for me step by step on how to do this? I have 6 girls now, and looking to add another 6-10 gals later this spring, so I want something that they can't knock over, or poop in :) I appreciate any and all info/suggestions!
  2. pm

    pm Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 27, 2011
    Reed City, MI
    I tried several methods, and what worked best for me is a 5 gallon bucket with lid and 3 nipples in the bottom. Keeping the lid on allows you to hang the bucket from a chain without deforming the bucket or getting dirt/poop inside. The chain allows you to raise or lower the bucket, depending on how tall your chickens are. I cut a hole in the lid and use a large funnel to fill the bucket from milk jugs (or hose if possible). In the winter I use a Farm Innovators H-49 heater (from Amazon) in the bucket. The cord for the heater comes out a seperate hole in the lid.
    Three nipples seems to work fine for my 26 hens. I bought pvc pipe and fittings to make a manifold type waterer fed by the bucket, but decided to just put the nipples in the bucket because the manifold would freeze in the winter. I hang it inside the coop, summer and winter.

  3. Mehjr10

    Mehjr10 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 17, 2012
    Moscow, TN

    I have mine running from a rain barrel which collects from the roof of the coop, I put a bulkhead fitting in the barrel side as close to the bottom as possible.. ran a hose to a piece of 2 inch pvc 30 inches long fitted with a cap and a reducer so that i could put a 3/4" nipple to hook the hose to. Then put four nipples evenly spaced. This winter i wrapped a 30 foot heat tape around the barrel and along the hose a pvc and it has ran all winter long so far.

    If you have other question feel free to ask..

    I also have put them in a small coke bottle cap and made a hanger for the chicks in the brooder, I have a bucket set up, and put them in the bottom of heavy gallon jugs, similar to bleach jugs..

  4. JenW

    JenW Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 26, 2012
    Deer Park, TX
    I just finished my watering system last night! I ordered the nipples off eBay, just watch the source. The threads were messed up which made my project a lot more difficult than it should have been. I ended up wrapping duct tape around the last hole bc I just couldn't get the last nipple in there. After letting the silicone dry overnight I hooked it up this morning & my girls got the hang of it real quick. I have a couple of places to patch up with some more silicone but all in all I'm happy with it. The 5 gal bucket has a connector that is going thru a hole in the table down to my girls. No more dirty water! It's great! I only have 13 chickens but ordered 10 nipples & decided to use all of them. Good luck on your project!

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