Sustainable Living Center Oregon
Chickens need water to survive. Chickens will get very sick if they ingest foul water. Chickens don’t know that they shouldn’t poop in their water, or they shouldn’t wade in their waterer with their poopy feet.
The best invention for chicken’s safe Clean Chicken Water© is watering nipples. Watering nipples are a great solution to the “clean water for chickens” problem. But then another problem arises with the solution there more than one choice to choose from.
Horizontal nipples are spring loaded so they must be pushed to release the water and they boast no leaks, provided they are installed correctly of course. As far as water pressure, it can only handle anywhere from 1 to 8 psi.
Horizontal watering nipples are designed for birds eight days old and up. What sets them apart: they don’t drip, and, because no water is stored in the nipple unit even when your bucket or drinker is full of water, they won’t freeze during the winter.
You may place your chosen waterer on the ground, rather than hang it the coops or runs that can’t accommodate the weight of hanging systems.
The high-density plastic and won’t break on installation, It is recommended to screw the nipples in 80%, they do not need to have the flange secured flush with the bucket.
To get chickens started using the nipples we suggest tapping on each nipple so that water fills the reservoir which chicken’s will see and they will drink. They will then peck at the stainless steel pin which will release more water. If chickens have a difficult time figuring it out we suggest putting any kind of sweet jam, jelly or a dried cranberry onto the nipples.
Vertical nipples are gravity fed, which means these can only be mounted beneath a bucket, bottle or pipe. They tend to leak more readily than the horizontal nipples, especially if they are not mounted correctly, or have debris stuck inside the housing. Also, these nipples can only take 1 to 8 psi, that means you can’t hook your hose to the bucket.
Each of these types can be mounted using several different types of reservoirs, either from a hanging bucket, or a PVC pipe mounted near a wall to save space.
The type of container you use is very important when using this type of vertical threaded nipple waterer. If you will also notice, this nipple has quite a bit of threads. If a two-gallon bucket is used so the thickness of its plastic is minimal (maybe 1/16″), even though the bucket itself is sturdy, or rigid, which minimizes any kind of flexing movements, which can weaken this type of seal. This measurement though seemingly so tiny and insignificant is very crucial to getting a good seal, and providing stability for the nipple.
A heavy duty 5-gallon bucket would be a better choice for this kind of nipple, and the lids of several types of sturdy wide mouthed plastic bottles, as they are rather “thick” and rigid. They won’t get any leaks, thanks to the lids thickness, and harder, and more stable plastic of the lid.
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