Official BYC Poll - Which type of waterers do you like best and why?

Which type of waterers do you like best and why?

  • Horizontal Nipple Waterers

    Votes: 42 20.7%
  • Vertical Nipple Waterers

    Votes: 18 8.9%
  • Cup Nipple Waterers

    Votes: 15 7.4%
  • Plain Cup Waterers

    Votes: 12 5.9%
  • Poultry Fountains

    Votes: 24 11.8%
  • Gravity-fed Waterers

    Votes: 38 18.7%
  • Automatic Waterers

    Votes: 11 5.4%
  • Bowls

    Votes: 21 10.3%
  • Buckets

    Votes: 16 7.9%
  • Other

    Votes: 6 3.0%

  • Total voters
    203

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Chickens drink a surprising amount of water, with laying hens needing more water than non-laying hens. Therefore, it’s vitally important that chickens are given access to water whenever they need.

So when it comes to your backyard flock: Which type of waterers do you like best? Tell us why in the comments section below.

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MrFluffyandGirls

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I use simple large stainless steel dog bowls that has a non-slip rubber bottom. I have it raised sitting on a block of cement so they can't scratch water dirt and bedding into it. I only keep a small flock of 12 or less so it works for me. It makes dealing with algae growth easier by simply swirling a scrub brush with a little anti-bacterial dish soap around and rinsing out.
 

Sally PB

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Following this with interest. I haven't tried horizontal nipples yet. Everything else I've tried has issues with getting dirt/bedding scratched into it, or dribbling and making a mess. (Grrr, vertical nipples, thinking of you!) It's getting colder now, and I *might* have electricity in the coop/run, but not sure. The horizontal cup nipples got just as much dirt scratched in as an of the open style ones.
 

Ms Clucky

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Following this with interest. I haven't tried horizontal nipples yet. Everything else I've tried has issues with getting dirt/bedding scratched into it, or dribbling and making a mess. (Grrr, vertical nipples, thinking of you!) It's getting colder now, and I *might* have electricity in the coop/run, but not sure. The horizontal cup nipples got just as much dirt scratched in as an of the open style ones.
I put the plastic one on bricks to raise it up a little so the chickens don't scratch dirt in them as much.
 

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