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Watering Ducks with Chicken Nipples??

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Pheasant283, Jun 2, 2011.

  1. Pheasant283

    Pheasant283 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 23, 2011
    Can ducks be trained to drink out of a Chicken Nipple type water system??

  2. bt03

    bt03 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 1, 2011
    Over the rainbow...
    That is a bad idea. Ducks need water deep enough to put their whole bill in to clean it out completely.
  3. DarkWolf

    DarkWolf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 11, 2008
    Murray Kentucky
    Ducks must be able to submerge their bills in water or they develop sinus issues.

    I use a gravity waterer, such as this.

    Last edited: Jun 2, 2011
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  4. Blob Chicken

    Blob Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 2, 2009
    To answer your question ,yes. All my birds are water bottle trained. Ducks included. However they need to have water deep enough to stick their beaks in completely.

    I only use bottles for my ducks incase I cant get home fast enough to re fill the dishes ,and one should never use a bottle as the major source of water.
  5. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Ducks can and do use nipple waterers, but as others have said, they do need to have water deep enough, someplace, to submerge their whole bills so they can clear their nares (nostrils).
  6. rainy day ducks

    rainy day ducks Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 28, 2011
    Southeast Alaska
    I use a nipple system in the duck pen. This keeps the pen very dry. They only use this when they are penned up at night. During the day they have access to many open deep water containers. I have been doing this for a while with no adverse effects. I use the bright orange nipples that can be tightened by a bolt and inserted into the bottom of a suspended 5 gallon bucket.
  7. hcppam

    hcppam Chillin' With My Peeps

    this is good to know I was wondering about using them. [​IMG]
  8. LJoelle

    LJoelle New Egg

    Nov 29, 2013
    Useful info- thanks!
  9. seaneduck

    seaneduck Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 30, 2009
    Pleasant Grove, Utah
    I have a bucket with chicken nipples in my duck pen (as well as a larger swimming pond) and even the week old ducklings use it (with the aid of a brick to climb up to reach it--as it is set at adult height!)
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2014

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