Watering for Chicks - Nipples ok?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by precisely, Mar 20, 2013.

  1. precisely

    precisely New Egg

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    I was wondering if a nipple system would work fine for new chicks, as it's probably what I'll get set up in the coop for when they're older, or if it'd be better to get a simple "bottle upside-down-into-dish" set-up for when they're going to be in the brooder.

    I have 3 Easter egger chicks coming in ~ a month, if the breed matters at all for it. Yeah, it's going to be a small flock, but 3-4 is about the max I could realistically go for I think.

    Thanks!
     
  2. geoffric

    geoffric Out Of The Brooder

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    When I was raising meat birds I used a bottle waterer, very inexpensive or easy to make. I used to put a chicken wire guard over the bowl to makw sure none drowned the first couple days.
     
  3. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

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    I have an upside down juice bottle in the brooder with a nipple in the cap. It's hanging flat against the wall and using chain so I can raise it as they grow. I did give them a dish of rocks with water in it until I saw them using the nipple. It was so very easy. I believe it's easier to start them with the nipple -- the brooder stays much drier and no shavings or droppings in the water.
     
  4. JacqueOCS

    JacqueOCS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How do you make one of these or do you purchase them? We had a few chicks to drown last year in the coop. Thx for any info or pics :)
     

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