Nipple watering

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Lorraine Perth, Feb 2, 2014.

  1. pawtraitart

    pawtraitart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just drop a de-icer in the bucket. For my small drinkers we make a heated box unit with only the nipple sticking out or place the container on a seedling heat mat if it's one of our small drinkers for the bantams. We use the horizontal nipples which are spring loaded so they don't have to hang.
     
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  2. Lone Star Lady

    Lone Star Lady Out Of The Brooder

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    We are new to nipple watering, but what we see is that they don't all try to drink at once. I would think two nipples would be quite sufficient for 10 to 12 hens.
     
  3. ChickenJerk

    ChickenJerk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Absolutely correct.
    Absolutely correct.
     
  4. ChickenPapaCT

    ChickenPapaCT Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks Pawtraitart! That's a great idea. I was going to run PVC pipes, but I am re-thinking that now.

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  5. jeffs1979

    jeffs1979 New Egg

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    When its hot they drink a lot of water. Might want to put in 4 just to be sure.
     
  6. pawtraitart

    pawtraitart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Horizontal nipples in a 55 gallon drum

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  7. subhanalah

    subhanalah Overrun With Chickens

    I prefer to have at least two watering stations, even if there are only a few birds, so the ones lower on the pecking order have a better chance of getting a drink and not being run off by an alpha.
     
  8. aatx

    aatx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have two buckets - one in the run and one in the coop. 4 nipples on the one in the run and three on the one in the coop. My chicks have a bad habit of blocking the pop door, so I want options on both sides and backup nipples on each bucket.
     
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  9. Samjoe

    Samjoe Out Of The Brooder

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    My 6 red pullets were using horizontal nipples before I left the coop. Literally started using them within a minute or two.
     
  10. ml143333

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    This is the automatic watering system we have now. My husband is making a different version for the coop itself. The chickens took to it really quickly in the brooder so we just moved it to the run.
     

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