Watering for Chicks - Nipples ok?

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

  1. precisely

    precisely New Egg

    Mar 19, 2013
    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.

  2. geoffric

    geoffric Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 21, 2013
    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

    Jan 20, 2011
    middle TN
    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

    Mar 21, 2013
    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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