My chicks have to learn to use a nipple if they want to live here. I don't do other types of waterers. My hands are too unsteady to carry them without spilling (especially since I damaged my finger trying to make the electric fence.)
Anyone wanna see some funky chickens? This past summer Dennis (@dheltzel) gave me some Silkie/Cochin hybrids, which are totally adorable. Their chicks apparently are always barred (various patterns), and I THINK the down color is sex-linked, I just haven’t hatched enough to be sure yet. This 2 are the only ones I have grown out myself so far (the others were given to friends), and they both have these amazing crested head feathers! #1 pic (Blossom) is (I think) a cockerel and was born with charcoal colored down and a large white head spot. #2 pic (Pepper) is a pullet and likely Blossom’s 1/2 sister, I think Blossom’s mother was pure Silkie, and Pepper’s mother 1/2 Silkie 1/2 Cochin. Pepper was white with black wing-tips when hatched. #3 pic is their father Bud, whom Dennis guessed was 3/4 Cochin 1/4 Silkie. He has a bit of head fluff but nothing like his kids! I’ve never seen crested Cochins before, I’m so excited!
I’m lovin all these heated waterer options that have been posted! My main coop is so far from the house, I just can’t see me running electric to it. So I Keep several waterers and change them out throughout the day when it’s freezing. Not the best fix, but with the shorter days, it’s not too bad.