Thursday, May 31, 2012

do any of you use these/like them?


Blogger Jennifer said...

I do! We really like them too! The only problem is winter, the nipples freeze so we go back to bowl style watering. It takes some chicken "teaching" but they get it pretty quickly.

May 31, 2012 at 3:58 PM  
Blogger Big Sky Chicken Ranch and Victory Garden said...

I love the nipple waterers, and my chicks do too. Keeps the water from getting all poohey and filled with pine shavings. I know there are cheaper sources out there, but I like to buy mine from the good folks at Walden Effect Homestead: and they have a realy cool blog.

May 31, 2012 at 4:19 PM  
Blogger Moose Hollow Farm said...

We do use these nipple waterers & the chicks seem to take to them but also like the ground waterers so they have both.

May 31, 2012 at 4:46 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

Well, where have I been? I have never heard of these. And I've had chickens for years. I will be looking into getting some. Because I am always hauling fresh clean water to the chickens every day. They sure can get nasty fast sitting on the ground. At first I didn't think they would figure it out. But that red draws their attention really good. So yes, I will be getting some. Thanks

May 31, 2012 at 5:03 PM  
Anonymous Susan said...

These are really cool for both chicks and adult chickens. A couple of notes: you will need to be able to suspend a bucket, or at least elevate it with the nipples on the sides of the bucket near the bottom. In either case you'll want your bucket to be well-supported and tightly lidded. Also keep in mind that there are a few different kinds of nipples available- the ones in the video appear to be the kind that you push the back end through a hole, then put the rubber gasket over that end from inside the bucket. They also make a different design for use with PVC (where adding a gasket inside would be impossible), and some that are actual threaded caps that you can screw on to an inverted 2 liter bottle. My point is to read the description carefully before buying online so you get the right design. Oh, and make sure you say the words "chicken nipples" at every opportunity... ESPECIALLY if you check your local feed store for these. Allow me to demonstrate: "Excuse me, do you have any chicken nipples? I'm looking for chicken nipples. My friend has chicken nipples and just raves about them- do you know where I can buy chicken nipples for myself?" Now wasn't that fun? :-)

May 31, 2012 at 5:24 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth from the Berkshires said...

I installed one of those, but I don't think my girls have figured it out yet. I'm not going to take away their ground waterer until I see them drinking. Any tips on teaching especially slow chickens to use these?

May 31, 2012 at 6:40 PM  
Blogger alifeuprooted said...

That is awesome!! I am thinking of buying one and wondered if they worked. You helped me make my mind up!!

May 31, 2012 at 6:56 PM  
Blogger Meredith A said...

I don't, seems like a mighty unnatural way for them to drink. Elevating their container with daily rinsing and fresh water works for us. what's the purpose of nipples?

May 31, 2012 at 7:01 PM  
Blogger Alison said...

I'm looking for a "like" button on Susan's comment. :)

May 31, 2012 at 7:23 PM  
Anonymous Dave V. said...

They are great! At, you can buy nipples already mounted in a pitcher so you don't have to do a diy project. I use them in the brooder and in the coop. Would NEVER go back. Easily the biggest time saver I've ever discovered for chickens.

May 31, 2012 at 10:09 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

I don't, but I want them really, really badly. I am certain they would work well. I've used a Critter Canteen waterer with chicks with no problems, and it's the same concept.

Meredith, the nipples ensure a clean, fresh, and typically cool supply of water at all times. They are awesome.

May 31, 2012 at 10:27 PM  
Blogger Louis said...

I used them with good success as follows: placed three of them (from Walden Effect folks) in the bottom of a bucket; the bucket is D-shaped, so the flat part rests solidly against the wall; the bucket is heated, and the warmth of the water (combined with a lip on the bottom of the bucket which way create a small "microclimate") prevents the nipples from freezing (down to -10 F this year). Your mileage may vary.

It might be "unnatural" for the chickens but now I can go away for a weekend and not have to worry about watering the birds.

May 31, 2012 at 11:00 PM  
Blogger polly said...

i'm looking for a "ditto" button on alison's comment. ;)

May 31, 2012 at 11:01 PM  
Blogger Lyssa said...

I'm going to be adding these to the Heneplex here soon...I don't mind cleaning and filling water containers for the adult chickens when I'm home, but my work schedule gets pretty gnarly sometimes and I might be away for 24 hours or more. My system will have a bucket and float to auto-fill, and the rabbits will also get automatic water.

May 31, 2012 at 11:10 PM  
Blogger Kristen said...

I tried them with my 8 week old chicks and while I saw them using the nipples, I left the regular waterer in there just in case. The end result being they never use the nipples, and continue to poop in their water dishes. Argh.

I'm not giving up though. I'm going to try removing the other water option and see if they catch on.

June 1, 2012 at 12:09 AM  
Blogger Marci said...

We have used them in the past and liked them. We used the type on a long line. The one problem we had was with turkeys. They could some how seem to get at least one nipple off and then all the water would drain and none of them had water. When we butchered turkeys one year in cleaning out their gizzards we found a lost nipple from the waterer. :)

June 1, 2012 at 6:02 AM  
Blogger katiegirl said...

My coworker uses them and likes them. Chickens in large production (like broiler and hen houses) drink from nipples on lines that run through the houses so the water is always flowing and clean.

June 1, 2012 at 8:36 AM  
Anonymous Jen said...

I used them exclusively. To get the gals to drink from them initially I just put a piece of grass at the tip so they pecked at the grass and got a surprise drink.

I think the name does make them sound un-natural. They are more like the end of a rabbit-waterer (sorry, I'm no expert on rabbits and don't know what they are called) than a nipple on a baby bottle.

June 1, 2012 at 8:39 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth from the Berkshires said...

Jen, I'm going to try the trick with the grass. Thanks!!

June 1, 2012 at 10:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I use the Avian Aqua Miser from which is run by the couple that writes Walden Effect. I supported a homesteading business and I couldn't be happier with the results!

June 1, 2012 at 10:22 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

These are the GREATEST. Really cheap and the birds take right to them. We hook them into pvc pipe attached to the side of the brooder/shelter/whatever. Wish we had gone this route much sooner!

June 1, 2012 at 10:27 AM  
Blogger Trish said...

I like them because everything stays so clean and dry. Unfortunately, I like them more than my chickens. My chickens would much rather drink from the regular waterer. Maybe they would get used to them after time but I'm a softee and give them what they want.

June 1, 2012 at 3:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

YES YES YES. Once the girls figured out how to use them, life-changing device for the poultry keeper. No more dumping and scrubbing poo-filled waterers daily! Get and use these is the first piece of advice I give to other wannabea-chicken-keepers. Love. Love. Love. We put three in the bottom of a hanging bucket for the big coop (with a submersible aquarium heater on a thermo-cube for the winter- worked great!) and one in the cap of a two-liter bottle for the babies in a wire-coat hanger cradle hanger...

The baby chicks picked up on them much faster than the grown up gals... probably because there are less distractions or other things to do in the brooder vs. the big world outside! One of our hens hasn't figured it out yet but she's kind of retarded in general (and will soon be delicious as she's not laying, loud, and dumb- for a bird, that's saying something!).

June 1, 2012 at 4:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

also... I've read spearing a grape or other yummy treat on them is a good way to train them? I was pretty frustrated when I first tried to get them to use the new waterer, then just left both in there for awhile and after a week or three noticed that they'd figured it out.

I wrote about it here: ‎

June 1, 2012 at 4:18 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Hahahaha some great posts on this one! I just bout spit out my coffee on Susan's... I even got the giggles from Meredith A's stern "what's the point of nipples?" picturing her glowering at this "addel-brained" post about chicken nipples... Ohhhhh I needed a smile this morn- thanks all :)

June 2, 2012 at 9:57 AM  
Anonymous Violet said...

I only have four hens, so I use rabbit water bottles.

It is SO much easier than cleaning those inverted doo hickies that most people use.

They pick up on it fairly easily. I hang the water bottle, catch a chicken, and then gently make them peck the ball bearing. Thus far, I've only had to do it once for each chicken.

June 6, 2012 at 5:15 PM  

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