Will they learn horizontal nipple??

Discussion in 'Quail' started by RobPS, Jan 23, 2017.

  1. RobPS

    RobPS Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi folks. Newbie here with 8 female quales that I just introduced into my first quail coop (never raised other birds either).

    I built a 5 gal bucket feeder using horizontal nipples. So far I have not seen any birds using it. Not sure how often they drink, but I also don't sit out there for hours on end watching.

    My water nipples are a little hard to get to for me, but if I remove the floor from the area above them, I can reach in and "force" a bird to tap it. I tried that with one bird but she wasn't too keen on the idea and didn't drink any of the water that came out. So then I just used my finger and tapped the nipples until water dropped out. A couple birds watched but didn't pursue them after.

    My question is -- do I just wait and hope that one of these 8 birds will peck, get water, and then the others will catch on? Do I need to have nightly training sessions? What does it take for quail to figure these things out?

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  2. slkyldy4evr

    slkyldy4evr Out Of The Brooder

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    With my chickens, I just let water out of it with my finger whenever they were around and eventually they got the hang of it.
     
  3. RobPS

    RobPS Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks. In my case, it's a lot harder to do that due to where I located the watering nipples. I can put a skinny stick through the hardware cloth to activate the nipples rather easily, but to put my hands in there means that I have to go in from above... which means removing the pine shavings from the "upstairs" section, sliding out that floor/ceiling, then reaching in from above.

    I suppose that's even more of a disruption than just poking a stick in there, so I'll try that a few times. Maybe they'll catch on?
     
  4. Binki

    Binki Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes the less disruptive the more receptive they'll be, especially since they're in a new place :)

    I would keep both options available to them, a bowl of water/waterer on a brick is more ideal for keeping it clean and wait until you see the hens drinking from the new setup before removing it.

    They're probably stressed and have a lot of things to get used to before they feel comfortable. I think when you put a sand bath in it'll help to relax them ^^

    Are they kinda sticking to the solid floor or venturing out to where the waterer is?
     
  5. RobPS

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    Got it. They actually prefer the open area of the coop over the closed in area where they started out. The food and water bowl are both inside the "upstairs/indoor" section and i rarely see any of them in there. They tend to huddle at the bottom of the ramp. They can navigate the ramp though--I've seen that.
     
  6. Binki

    Binki Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nice :D

    There is also this style of cup that has a little pool of water, I see them online for as low as a dollar :)

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