Why Do The Chicken Waterers Have To Be Hanging?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Awestruck, Feb 20, 2017.

  1. Awestruck

    Awestruck Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 15, 2012
    I know this might be a silly question, but, I am looking at these chicken waterers and it looks like you are supposed to be hanging them. I am getting ready to set a bin up to put chicks in it and am wondering what the advantage is for the waterer to be hanging, and if so, how can I hang one in a rubbermaid bin? Also, do baby chickens need the nipple feature or is that for all chickens? Thanks again for the insights.
  2. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2017
    Lay something across the tote to hang it from.
    No baby chickens don't need them but can use them if you want to. Remember you have to teech baby chickens how to drink water.
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2017
  3. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchi Wan Kenobi Premium Member

    Mar 27, 2012
    My Coop
    You don't have to hang them, but it keeps them from kicking bedding and poop into it and making an awful mess. In a bin you could just use a piece of wood or something to elevate it a bit, that's what I do.

    Chicks can use nipple waterers too :)
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  4. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 3, 2016
    Pac NW
    As soon as your chicks knock over their waterer onto freshly cleaned bedding (because of course they'd do it like that) it'll become obvious why people hang them. [​IMG] And yes they do kick a lot of litter and debris into them as well. But you don't HAVE to hang it, as Pyxis noted you can put it on a brick or some wood to elevate it to help keep it clean, but they may still knock it over sometimes.

    I didn't use a nipple waterer until they were older, as the one I had was set up too high for little chicks to get to. Once they were big enough to reach (with the help of bricks) I switched them over to the nipple waterer.
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  5. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2017
    I personally like this style, they are the horizontal ones. My chicks have been on these for about 4 days. They are 11 days old.


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