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: 48 20.3%
  • Vertical Nipple Waterers

    Votes: 21 8.9%
  • Cup Nipple Waterers

    Votes: 16 6.8%
  • Plain Cup Waterers

    Votes: 15 6.3%
  • Poultry Fountains

    Votes: 26 11.0%
  • Gravity-fed Waterers

    Votes: 47 19.8%
  • Automatic Waterers

    Votes: 12 5.1%
  • Bowls

    Votes: 27 11.4%
  • Buckets

    Votes: 17 7.2%
  • Other

    Votes: 8 3.4%

  • Total voters


Chicken Juggler!
Premium Feather Member
Nov 27, 2012
SW Michigan
My Coop
I'm aware, I'm not overly concerned. At least the barrel has a heater in it, I'll just do what I usually do and remove ice as needed
It's usually the tiny aperture between barrel and cup that will freeze.
Can't quite tell how those work tho, wish I had my hands on one :D,
where the valve seal is is key.
Horizontal Nipple work best in a heated water scenario as they seal with a rubber Oring inside the vessel.


Oct 22, 2020
I use a 5 gallon bucket with nipples attached to the bottom....and a 3 gallon tray waterer. The nipple waterer is plain water and inside the coop. The tray waterer is in the run and has ACV and Minced garlic in it.....always. The birds enjoy both anf regularly drink from both. Been offering the ACV since they were 2 wks old.garlic at 4 wks they actually pull the garlic out of the water to eat. I also use garlic powder occasionally on their feed and cayenne once in a while....a small amnt mixed in well.


Aug 3, 2012
I have two watering stations, each with a 5-gal bucket and several nipples on the bottom. I installed a toilet bowl float in each and hooked it up to water supply pipes that go around the perimeter of my back yard. I never have to actually fill the buckets, only check to see that they're full and not leaking/running constantly.

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