What age can use the water nipples?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Eggnonymous, Jan 8, 2010.

  1. Eggnonymous

    Eggnonymous Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 17, 2009
    Carroll County, GA
    I tried a search in this section to see at what age you could introduce the water nipples to your chicks, but I didn't see that specifically. I know the day-olds need pebbles in their water pan to keep from drowning, so when are they be old enough to drink from over-head and how do you show them what to do?

    I just wish my chickies could know how much better they have it because I (thanks to the chicken-folk) can get "edumacated" here! [​IMG]
  2. Organics North

    Organics North Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 30, 2009
    Wisconsin Northwoods
    Not a 100% sure, but I have seen pics of day old chicks hitting a gerbile/rabbit waterer. So I would think you could do it right away, just being mindful of the height adjustments as they grow. I just switched my 3 month old pullets to nipple waterers yesterday. It took them about 60 seconds to figure it out!..... Quite a sight seeing 12 chickens fighting over two nipples. They actually made quite a wet mess.


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