Watering Ducks with Chicken Nipples??

Pheasant283

In the Brooder
8 Years
Mar 23, 2011
30
0
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SD
Can ducks be trained to drink out of a Chicken Nipple type water system??

Thanks
 

DarkWolf

Songster
11 Years
Nov 11, 2008
797
8
141
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.

 
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Blob Chicken

Songster
10 Years
Nov 2, 2009
563
17
169
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.
 

gryeyes

Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers
10 Years
Sep 22, 2009
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393
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My slice of heaven in Somerset, CA
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).
 

rainy day ducks

In the Brooder
8 Years
Apr 28, 2011
68
1
29
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.
 

seaneduck

In the Brooder
10 Years
Apr 30, 2009
78
2
43
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!)
 
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