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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by tiffnzacsmom, May 11, 2016.

  1. tiffnzacsmom

    tiffnzacsmom Out Of The Brooder

    Has anyone use the tips that go on the bottom of pop bottles and then attach to the sides of a run? I was thinking about getting a few of them since I will be out of town for a few days this summer and not sure if I can find a reliable person to come up to my house to check on them. They most likely won't be laying yet so I'm not worried about egg collection and the feeder will hold enough for 3.5 days. I'm just worried about water. I was thinking of getting 6 of them for my four hens.
  2. 0wen

    0wen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2016
    Southwest Virginia
    Saw them but haven't used them - everything I've seen has them used for small quantity chicks in a brooder or such. Have you considered grabbing a 5 gallon bucket, a connector valve, and a section of pvc? You can make your own nipple waterer in about 15-20 minutes with minimal tools (pvc pipe cutter and a drill with a 3/8" bit) - that will last a lot longer and service more chickens without having to buy a ton of them. Nipples (or watering cups) can be picked up at most TSC or Southern States...
  3. micah wotring

    micah wotring Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have a two gallon hog pan/dish and when I fill it up it will last two or three days.

    That is for 14 chickens though.

    I always liked the big dish idea.

    I fill up a few of those and leave them in the run when I have to leave. That and I have a five gallon feeder. The only problem with this is that if you only have a small run and/or coop then they take up a lot of space. I have a 25'X25' run so I can leave several pans out at once with leaving plenty of room for them to run around in.

    Oh and if you fill up a five gallon bucket with water and put a hog pan up side down on top of it and then flip the whole thing over(May take two people so as not to spill) You have five gallons in the space where you would have had two. You might have to put a rock in or something to tilt the rim of the bucket off of the bottom of the pan.

    That's what I do

  4. tiffnzacsmom

    tiffnzacsmom Out Of The Brooder

    Thanks. Wasn't sure about leaving out big pans due to the heat.
  5. micah wotring

    micah wotring Chillin' With My Peeps

    You mean like evaporation?

    Never thought about that. You have a good point though. Because there is a lot of surface area if you use the pans.

    I live in Aurora WV farther south than you and haven't had a problem with it.

    Or did you mean the water heating up?

    I keep them mostly in the chicken coop in the shade and the don't heat up. If you have them in direct sunlight all day long they will though.

    Anyway i hope you figure it out.
  6. tiffnzacsmom

    tiffnzacsmom Out Of The Brooder

    Evaporation and heat both. Glad that I can work around being gone for four days.
  7. micah wotring

    micah wotring Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yes, being able to be gone for a few days anytime you need makes all the difference.

    My sister has a milk cow and has to be at the house at 6am and 6pm every day.

    So if it's longer than a few days she can (and will(Thanks Laura)) take good care of them.

    Anyway hope their all fine when you get back
  8. Maggie13

    Maggie13 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 4, 2016
    Knox, New York
    I know this not answering your question but I have one of these! I bought it at Tractor supply. It holds 3 1/2 gallons

  9. micah wotring

    micah wotring Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yes I bought the nipples (Four for Four dollars) and put the on the bottom of a bucket for my meat chickens.

    The only problem with this is that it can get clogged up.

    It could be a very good solution though.

    Also you could use a Rubbermaid tote for more water if you want,

  10. pdirt

    pdirt Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2013
    Eastern WA

    The horizontal nipples are about $2/each, so they are more expensive, but they work so much better than the vertical ones. Mainly they don't get chickens wet, don't leak, are easier to install and setup and are far more frozen weather hardy. The horizontal ones install on the side of a bucket. Search on here for threads on horizontal nipples, there are several threads.

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