Which water nipples are best/do I need??

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by WyoChickenMamma, Sep 18, 2011.

  1. WyoChickenMamma

    WyoChickenMamma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 6, 2011
    I am wanting to change my watering system to a lidded bucket with the nipples. I have been looking at nipples and am not sure which ones I need to order and which ones are best. I have seen push in and screw in types. I am planning on using an old cat litter bucket and a home depot bucket.

    Also, I was considering using an aquarium heater to keep the water from freezing in the winter...will this be sufficient or should I consider something else?

    Thanks in advance for all the help/suggestions you may have.
  2. Neil Grassbaugh

    Neil Grassbaugh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 1, 2008
    Quote:Considering the situation you have described the push-in would probably be best.
    If you PM me your eMail address I will send you a link for the place to order the best ones from.
  3. Tofer76

    Tofer76 Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 7, 2010
    Carthage Il,

    are the ones i use and are happy w them. i drill three holes in the bucket and screw them in but i space them out so that my round deicer will fit inside them on the inside of the bucket

    i like these cuz they are made so they can be disassembled for cleaning and are pretty maint free and they are cheap lol

    i do however have some of the push in style handy if i happen to have a problem waterer or i screw up a hole

    this is the deicer i use http://www.ebay.com/itm/ALLIED-BIRD-BATH-DE-ICER-250-watts-BTD250-Free-Shipping-/350492766271?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item519aff303f

    a little pricey but it works good and has for 5 yrs

    it have tried exp with aquarium heaters and have had no luck as well as some exploding causeing shock so i stay away from them
    do some searching and ull find most warn against them too
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2011
  4. Dutch552

    Dutch552 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 12, 2011
    Hart County, KY
    I used the same nipple fittings as above from ebay. I put teflon tape around the threads and have not had one leak. I like a 25 watt heater for the 5gal bucket but wouldn't hesitate to go to 50 watts in the northern states. I prefer the shatter proof kind but use the glass ones as well so long as they are secured well and are placed where they will always be under the waterline. Check ebay or BigAls Online for heater prices.
  5. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 20, 2011
    middle TN
    I bought & installed push-in nipples (from Neil Grassbaugh) and they're working great! No leaks and only minutes to install.

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