Nipples or cups

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Tenmore, Jun 22, 2011.

  1. Tenmore

    Tenmore Chirping

    Jun 2, 2011
    Ogden utah
    Im thinking of puting in an auto waterer need advise on weather to use nipple or the poultry cup waterer any body used one or both lets hear what you think....[​IMG]
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2011

  2. Titania

    Titania Chirping

    Sep 28, 2010
    Oklahoma City
    I had a similar question and decided to go with cups. The reason being that I have a mixed flock of varying heights of birds. For nipple placement, it's easier if your birds are roughly the same height or consider two different heights. I went with cups and yes you do have to clean them out. Nipples would be easier that way. But then, I don't have wet spots from the cups.
  3. jmagill

    jmagill Songster

    Mar 9, 2009
    Western Wyoming
    The other thing to consider is winter and freezing. The nipples are much easier to keep from freezing. I have used both and the cups have to be cleaned and I could not use them during winter.
  4. Zondervan

    Zondervan In the Brooder

    May 23, 2011
    Hi currently using a self filling cup but I am worried it will freeze in winter so not sure what to do yet, my system is very simple I have a plastic box usualy used as a storage container made a hole in the end near the bottom, fitted a hose pipe connector to it hoselock type, ran a hose down using hose pipe click together fittings so I can remove the whole tank to clean when I need to, pipe down to the drinker bit more jiggery pokery connected the cup up and filled up the plastic tank cleaning is simple I just get a wodge of kitchen towel and wipe thorough the cup even with water in the kitchen towel still gets the muck out. I could show pics if it helps but i am sure you get the idea. This cost very little and some of the fittings where kicking around anyway, I am a bit frugle with stuff like to hang onto things just in case, you know I think its called hoarding?
    Possible idea for winter is one of those gallon bucket on the side drinkers with a fish tank heater set at its lowest temp to just maintain temperature? don't want the girls making tea out there do we. [​IMG]
  5. debid

    debid Crowing

    Jan 20, 2011
    middle TN
    I have not tried the cups but have been using nipples since I brought my chicks home. I have mixed age chicks (3 weeks of range) so there is some difference in height. I hung the bucket for the taller ones (using chain so I can continue to adjust) and then put a scrap of 2x4 under one nipple. The smaller girls stand on it to drink, the taller ones don't. It's really that easy. And I don't have wet spots under the waterer -- my nipples don't leak at all. [​IMG]

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