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which is best-Poultry nipples or cups

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by CrazyChookLady5, Jan 19, 2014.

  1. CrazyChookLady5

    CrazyChookLady5 Songster

    Dec 6, 2013
    Australia, NSW
    hi, i'm planning on upgrading my chooks water system to the poultry nipples, but when I looked at the reviews some people said they have had trouble with their chook getting water out of the nipple. so I'm wondering if the cup ones are better??

  2. brahmabreeder

    brahmabreeder Songster

    Feb 22, 2012
    Northeast Ohio
    I have no experience with the cups but I wouldn't get the nipples. My birds never seemed to get enough water from them.
  3. ChickenWaterer

    ChickenWaterer In the Brooder

    Aug 20, 2012
    Palo Alto, CA
    Poultry nipples are used by commercial poultry operations for a reason -- they are the gold standard in cleanliness and convenience. However, not all valves are the same, you want ones with relatively high water flow. When these valves are used, 8 birds to one valve is a good estimate. We put two valves on our waterers and this can handle up to 16 birds. For more information on poultry valves check out these articles:

    How they work
    Poultry Valves & Water Pressure
  4. schipperkemom

    schipperkemom In the Brooder

    Jan 17, 2014
    We use 2 types of the orange cup automatic waterers. I believe the Edstrom waterers are the best, as the internal fittings are silicone and ours are now almost 18 years old with no problems at all. They also make the best trouble free automatic rabbit water nipples as well. The other type of orange cup waterer with the yellow stick thing they hit to release water are good, but the fittings are rubber and I recently had to replace all of them with silicone fittings. I should have done it as i first installed them and will if I order more. We have about 100 of these drink cups in use and prefer them to nipples as they don't drip, if installed correctly and fittings aren't rotten.
  5. CrazyChookLady5

    CrazyChookLady5 Songster

    Dec 6, 2013
    Australia, NSW
    ok thanks for the help

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