Water nipples? (Vertical, Horizontal/side mount, saddle)

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by KDOGG331, Nov 18, 2015.

  1. KDOGG331

    KDOGG331 Chicken Obsessed

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    I never even thought of two systems, that is a great idea! Thank you so much for all the great suggestions. :)
     
  2. LilyBird

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    Question: for very cold temperatures, wouldn't the horizontal nipples freeze up because they are further away from the heat source? I have vertical nipples on the bottom of a bucket...but ive been curious about the horizontal nipples as well. I just picture the vertical nipples being directly below the water and heater, so they should stay free from ice. I dunno. Anyone with experience on this? This is our first winter
     
  3. bcarver

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    I would keep less water in the bucket, the deicer should be able to keep 3 gallons above 32 easier than 5. Now understand, I am in Mississippi and not even northern Mississippi, but the deicer should keep either nipple unfrozen.
     
  4. KDOGG331

    KDOGG331 Chicken Obsessed

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    Sorry I never replied. :( but anyway, thanks for the replies everyone. I'm considering all the suggestions. :)
     
  5. wamtazlady

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    I changed to horizontal nipples just before heading south for the winter. It was 10 degrees in MT last night and the house sitter tells me that the new watering system is working just fine. I think vertical nipples would freeze more readily as so much of the nipples hangs below the water container. With horizontal nipples the whole nipple is in contact with the container. I'm using a clear rectangular tote (10 or 15 gallon), horizontal nipples, and a stock tank deicer that is safe to use in plastic containers.
     
  6. KDOGG331

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    What size drill bit do i need again?
     
  7. bcarver

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    Try a 19/32 or 9/16. use Teflon tape and don't over tighten.
    Don't wallow out the hole too much.
     
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  8. KDOGG331

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    Thank you!! I'll try that. :)
     
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  10. KDOGG331

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    I think I'm going to try the PVC idea too as it seems like it might be better
     

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