Thinking of switching to verticle nipples. How do I train?

DeneeNae

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Feb 22, 2018
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I hear how wonderful vertical nipples are and I'm considering switching. Right now I have a regular ol' automatic waterer that I made myself with a bucket and metal pan. I'm tired of cleaning it out. I live in a sandy area and as soon I turn around after I clean it, it's dirty again! I need advice on training my birds how to take vertical nipples. I have 5 laying hens (ranging in age from 1 to 4 years old) and I recently got 8 chicks this past weekend.
 

rosemarythyme

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Once you have the new waterer in place take away any other waterers, then when your chickens come over to look at it, lightly tap the nipple and let a drop or two of water out. The chickens should start pecking at it out of curiosity. I would keep an eye on them to make sure they all try it out - if there seems to be a bird that just doesn't get it, give them access to the old waterer and phase it out over time.

Oh, I just noticed you said you have chicks... how old are they? If they're super little they might have a harder time using a nipple waterer due to height and having to operate the nipple.
 

penny1960

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do not use vertical they can leak pickup horizontal you will be happier I took each bird by the head pushed the button in with my finger putting their beak to my finger as I did it
I use them on all my birds even Silky find it easy little white 2 gallon bugget with them for peeps have used it for 3 years now
 

blackdog043

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Here's a couple of my waterers, first one I use in my brooder after the chicks are 3 weeks old. I use five gallon waterers in my coop and run. I just put the brooder waterer in over the weekend and within 2 minutes they were investigating and using it. Mine always are quick to use it.

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