Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jrhy, May 9, 2014.

  1. jrhy

    jrhy Out Of The Brooder

    May 9, 2014
    Hello, my family and I have just got our first 6 baby chicks. I have read allot about raising chicks to chickens but still find I have questions. I have recently decided on a coop for my girls and noticed the waterer that comes with it was a nipple type system. Which I had NO idea chickens could drink from that type of system. So I decided it best to train my chicks to drink from a similar system now so it won't be new to them when they go out to the coop later. I bought a small animal water bottle like for a hamster or rabbit. Metal nipple and ball unit. They didn't know how to use it but after squeezing the bottle and showing them that water was in it they figured it out. My question to you all is... is this type of water bottle similar to that of a bird water bottle system? Will this be a sufficient source of water for them? I see them pecking at it but I am not sure they are actually getting the ball to roll and release enough water to them. I occasionally put down a small bowl of water and the run to it and go to town drinking it up which makes me think they are not getting enough water if any from the bottle, but at the same time they are stepping in it , getting bedding chips in it and pooping in it. I though the bottle system was an excellent idea to keep the water clean but not sure if the one I am using is appropriate for my girls. Please give me some insight on this subject. Much appreciated! Jrhy
  2. countrygirl345

    countrygirl345 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 17, 2014
    I dont like the hamster bottle system, it seems risky. You dont have to use the nipple system for chicks or adults, I would recommend sticking with the open warer type.
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  3. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 11, 2011
    I have both the hamster/rabbit water bottles and the typical chicken drinkers. The bottles are on all of my brooders and small coops to save on space and keep things nice and dry, the drinkers are in the run. My birds all use them both, but they seem to prefer the bottles over the open drinkers. I don't know if its because the water in them stays cleaner or if maybe that shiny silver ball is just so tempting, but they love them and so do I, it makes things much easier for me [​IMG]
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  4. WilhelminaD

    WilhelminaD Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 12, 2013
    The nipple waterers are a gem! I don't know how the hamster type work with chicks, but my chicks are doing just fine on the nipple waterer. You can get nipples from TSC or Amazon, or you can buy a full setup from a few places. I got nipples, drilled out a hole in the caps of two soda bottles, used some rubber epoxy to seal it when I put the nipples in the caps. It took (not including 24 hours to let the epoxy dry) about 20 minutes to do both.

    I had the problem of my chicks fouling the water bowls within 5 minutes of my cleaning them out, so the nipple waterers made a huge difference for me.
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  5. jrhy

    jrhy Out Of The Brooder

    May 9, 2014
    Thank you all for your helpful info. I did switch back to and open waterer for now because I was afraid they weren't hydrating properly, but I do hope to revisit the idea of the nipple bottle water system because it is so much cleaner. I will purchase a system that is specifically for birds and not hamsters. Thank you again!
  6. backwoodschicks

    backwoodschicks New Egg

    Feb 27, 2016
    North West Louisiana
    This is the watering system I chose to use with my chicks and chickens. The barrel looks dirty but is just stained. The water dish is something from TSC and. They work amazing. I didn't glue anything so when it comes time to clean or add to it I can simply pull it apart and make it bigger. [​IMG]

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