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put tray under nipple waterer?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by emjaydee, May 2, 2016.

  1. emjaydee

    emjaydee New Egg

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    I just got my 7 week old chickens moved over to one of these hanging bucket nipple waterers.
    http://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/little-giant-hen-hydrator-3-1-2-gal-capacity?cm_vc=-10005

    The chickens took to it within a half hour with me playing with it in front of them, but I am noticing that throughout the day there is wet pine shavings under the bucket..not soaking wet but damp.

    I am wondering if I should try to get some form of a tray to put directly under the bucket so that the water doesn't seep into he floor. I dont see the nipples actively dripping, so I am guessing its just residual water left on the nipple after they drink.

    any thoughts?
     
  2. violamama

    violamama Out Of The Brooder

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    We bought one of these and I have to admit... I hate it. It leaks like crazy.

    Our quail drink about a gallon and it leaks 2 more each week. Maybe more.

    It has totally ruined our deep litter in the quail coop which now reeks. Plus it goes through so much water we might as well have one of the "messier" designs.

    I bought horizontal nipples to put on a 5 gallon drum for my chickens and I love those. No waste, no mess. I found a few threads where quail can use the horizontal ones, so I have a second batch on its way from Amazon. If the quail can't deal with the horizontal nipples.... Well, we may have to redesign the coop!

    How is it with today's technology we don't have a simple mess free, leak free watering system!?!

    I can't believe the hen hydrator gets anything but one star reviews. Must be people using them exclusively outside or who don't mind wasting gallons at a shot. Hmph. You can see how I really feel about that thing!
     
  3. violamama

    violamama Out Of The Brooder

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    Ps we did put a tray underneath but the leaked water wicks out. Plus it made a lovely poop mud bath for our girls. Yuck!
     
  4. MeepBeep

    MeepBeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    Switch over to a horizontal nipple waterer, the vertical nipples do in fact leak and that has to taken into account when placing them...


    Mine is essentially everything above... No leak, no mess, and even auto filling and heated, the only reason I have a dip tray under it is to catch any splashing and waste from the birds as they drink and that is minimal... The drip tray drains out to a 3 gallon bucket outside the coop area but I never even have to empty the bucket as the waste water never exceeds normal evaporation rates...

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    You can also see the mini version in my brooder, not a drop of water to be found under it, nor any wet wood shavings even with no drip tray...

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  5. violamama

    violamama Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes, I love the horizontal nipples Just like that for our chickens. Here's hoping the quail can trigger them, too.

    Somebody out there should make an already-assembled horizontal waterer and patent it quick. Our Wilco (like tractor supply) has nothing like it.
     
  6. violamama

    violamama Out Of The Brooder

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    Love that! Tidy.
     
  7. MeepBeep

    MeepBeep Chillin' With My Peeps


    Day old chicken chicks can trigger them just fine, so I have little doubt quail can...
     
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  8. yoda47

    yoda47 Out Of The Brooder

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    Yeah, the horizontal nippels work great!
     

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