Waterer for just two hens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by cnd8, Jan 21, 2015.

  1. cnd8

    cnd8 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 8, 2014
    I have a small coop with just two hens. I'm currently using the traditional, white and red waterer that is placed on the ground atop bricks. However, I am getting tired of the daily (sometimes multiple times a day) cleaning that this waterer requires. Not to mention that it takes up a good solid one square foot of the valuable coop space.

    What other watering systems could I use that would be less maintenance without taking up floor space in my coop? I have checked out the fountains, but I am not really fond of the idea that I'd have to have a large container sitting besides or on top of my coop. Any other options?
  2. esme13

    esme13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2014
    New York
    Chickens are messy [​IMG] as for water solutions there is the option of the chicken nipples. It's bassically a top that you insert to a bottle or bucket and can lay it flat or hang it. You have the choice in size of bottle at least. I'll attach a link for the chicken nipple, I do believe some people even sell some ones they put together. I've also attached an old post on chicken nipples. I personally use the traditional water bucket and just change it every time they get it dirty. For winter time I use a heated dog bowl with a bottle in the middle to prevent them from throwing stuff in it. It does work for me.


  3. HighStreetCoop

    HighStreetCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 28, 2014
    Oakland, CA
    My Coop
    I have Chicken Fountain (automatic waterer with nipples). It's awesome. Just a bit of PVC that hangs up and out of the way. Might be a bit of overkill for two birds. You could just buy a bottle cap from him and use it with a 2L soda bottle. That should be good for a couple of days at a time.


  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop

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