Avian Aqua Miser: Automatic, poop-free chicken waterers

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Chicken Nipples

Buy it in our store.Chicken nipples are valves that dispense a drop of water whenever they are pecked.  Industrial chicken-keepers have been using them for years, attached to long hoses that snake through their chickens' cages.  The nipples keep the water clean and tasty.

The Avian Aqua Miser nipple is unique because it works with gravity --- no need to stretch Chicken nipplesa hose to your coop or tractor.  Unlike cheaper products, our nipples never drip until they are pecked, so you don't have to worry about damp, smelly litter.

We use high quality, German-manufactured nipples with stainless-steel interiors so your chicken nipples will last a lifetime and keep your birds healthy.  A one year, no-questions-asked return policy backs up the quality product.

 Our chicken nipples are available as part of easy-to-assemble DIY chicken waterer kits or in our ready made chicken waterers so that even the most budget conscious customers can take advantage of our innovations.  We highly recommend that you don't waste the time and money repeating our mistakes!
Buy it in our store.  Buy a quality product and stop worrying about your flock.

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I just want to purchase 10 more water nipples.How do I go about doing this since you don't have a phone contact number.
Comment by sarge late Friday morning, September 24th, 2010

You'll want to order a 10 pack DIY kit in our homemade chicken waterer store. I'm glad you enjoyed our waterer enough to come back for more.

Comment by anna late Friday evening, September 24th, 2010
Thank you, I love my new waterer!
Comment by Lisa Corprew late Saturday night, January 16th, 2011
I'm always glad to hear from someone who loves their waterer as much as I love mine. :-)
Comment by anna at teatime on Wednesday, January 19th, 2011
need to know the price of each one?
Comment by grace stamper Saturday afternoon, January 22nd, 2011
Please click on the link above for "buy it in our store" and you'll see the prices of each option.
Comment by anna late Monday evening, January 24th, 2011
I ordered mine last week and can not wait to get them.. No more messsss.
Comment by Roxanne early Monday morning, April 4th, 2011
I hope you enjoy them!
Comment by anna Monday evening, April 4th, 2011
At present I have 25 chickens and 10 ducks. Will be getting 50 quail first of June. There will be three differant pens. How many of the nipples should I get to properly keep them watered. Also daughter has two rabbits and a guinea pig can they also use this nipple system.
Comment by oldcountryboy early Wednesday morning, April 27th, 2011
Is there a way to attach these to a hose for hose watering? I have several hundred birds and growing fast, and want to get away from the "containers" since they still have to be cleaned. I have many coops in a line and wonder if there is a way to run landscaping hose with several nipples attached and a water flow restrictor? Will the nipples fit and screw into that?
Comment by Aim early Thursday morning, April 28th, 2011

Oldcountryboy --- Assuming you make a PVC or bucket system with plenty of water in the reservoir, we recommend using at least one nipple for every 17 birds. That would mean 2 nipples in your chicken pen, 1 in your duck pen, and 3 in your quail pen as a bare minimum. With that many birds, I usually recommend adding an extra nipple per pen so that you won't get a bully hogging the water, and to have a smaller waterer on hand in case you need to put someone in an isolation coop, so the 10 pack DIY kit would be perfect for you. If you leave a note with your order, I'll leave out the hanging wires and throw in an 11th nipple.

Aim --- the hose method would work as long as you use a flow restrictor. The instructions that come with our DIY kits give tips on making a PVC pipe waterer that might also be right up your alley.

Comment by anna at lunch time on Sunday, May 1st, 2011
Can the nipples be mounted on the side of a bucket, so I can set my bucket on my 4wheeler rack to go out to the chicken tractor? We move our chickens all around our farm.
Comment by andy late Sunday evening, June 12th, 2011
Thanks for your interest. Our nipples are designed to be mounted on the bottom of a container, so you can't do what you're thinking of. However, you could make a double-layer bucket that protects the nipples --- just cut the bottom out of an extra bucket, slide your bucket waterer inside, and add a spacer between the two, if necessary, to keep the nipples from touching the ground. For example, see http://avianaquamiser.com/posts/Heated_bucket_chicken_waterer/
Comment by anna Wednesday evening, June 15th, 2011

We need something that does not leak so badly for use with our guinea pigs. Can you recommend chickennipples for this, or an alternative. They are using vacuum-type water bottles with the lightly-spring-loaded ball bearing in the tube tip now, if you are familiar with the type, and these seem to leak a lot, fast. I realize the piggies drool a lot while drinking, but this is much worse. Any ideas? Keith

Comment by Keith Labrecque mid-morning Monday, December 12th, 2011

Unfortunately, I think our nipples are too pointy for guinea pigs. I suspect they'd hurt their tongues.

I wonder why your water bottles leak so badly --- is there perhaps a hole somewhere that prevents a suction from forming? I wish I could be more helpful!

Comment by anna at lunch time on Monday, December 12th, 2011
Well I was just about to give up and send my five nipples back for the promised refund. I recently acquired 15 1 year Black Australorps that had been watered in traditional waterers. After day one they showed no interest and I resorted to small pan of water placed under the five gallon bucket with 5 nipples. After day 2 with still no interest I finally looked at the CD and read the FAQ. Then today (day 3) I spent 3 20 minute sessions sitting in the run, beside the bucket, with the empty pan under and flicking the nipples. They only interest they had was in the drops that fell into the empty pan. BUT...when I returned this afternoon to collect eggs - BINGO! - they were all pecking away at the nipples!!!! WOOHOO!
Comment by Steve late Saturday evening, February 25th, 2012

I'm sorry you had trouble --- it sounds like your chickens are in that ornery 2% who need a little extra TLC to adjust to a new system. Very glad to hear you got them trained, though --- now they can enjoy clean water!

If anyone else is having problems, our troubleshooting tips are on our website as well as the CD.

Comment by anna late Wednesday morning, February 29th, 2012
Seems like it would function the same way?
Comment by steve Saturday night, March 17th, 2012
Steve --- Good question. The internal components of the nipple rely on gravity to keep them from leaking, which is why they need to be vertical. You might be interested in this fun experiment on tilting nipples.
Comment by anna Tuesday afternoon, March 20th, 2012
How much would you sale 50 nipples only for?
Comment by jamie D Tuesday night, April 3rd, 2012
Jamie --- We only sell chicken nipples as part of our do it yourself kits.
Comment by anna Wednesday evening, April 4th, 2012
Just trying to educate myself on the ins and outs of raising our own chickens and ran across your web site. Just want to say that I'm impressed that you get back to the comments with answers and suggestions. I'm sure I'll be back to buy a kit from you, probably the 3pack as we're going to start out on the small side. I'm getting excited! I know it won't be cheaper than buying at the grocery store, but at least I'll know what we're getting and have enough to share with others. Thanks for a great informative site!
Comment by Sharron late Sunday night, April 16th, 2012

I love your product! I turned a Wendy's pickle bucket into a super duper waterer in about 5 minutes. So easy and no leaks. I followed your teaching instructions but my hens failed to catch on quickly. But I just left them to their own devices and the next morning, everyone is using the new waterer! Now if I could just create a clean, efficient way for my kids to get a drink of water outside.

Comment by Erin Saturday night, May 26th, 2012
I have a question regarding your nipples. I would like to make a waterer from a 1 gallon cooler jug. Do you have a nipple that will fit thru the wall of a cooler jug? We live in the south and would like to give our chick some cool water that will last awhile. Any thoughts on the subject?
Comment by Gail Tuesday evening, July 24th, 2012
Gail --- We played around with an insulated water jug for a while and couldn't seem to get it stop leaking --- our nipples are designed to be inserted into thin-walled vessels. However, you can make your own insulated bucket waterer pretty easily (and it can double as a heated waterer in the winter if you do it right). We've had good luck wrapping the foil-coated bubble insulation (Reflectix) around the bucket, paying careful attention to the lid, for keeping water temperature on an even keel. I hope that helps!
Comment by anna Wednesday afternoon, July 25th, 2012
Hi. I didn't see where you answered the question of whether or not these will work for raising rabbits.
Comment by Gary in the wee hours of Wednesday night, August 2nd, 2012
Gary --- Thanks for noticing that --- I must have missed that part of the question. One of my friends just tried our chicken nipples with his rabbits. He said the rabbits would drink, but didn't prefer the nipples --- I suspect the pointiness of the nipples might hurt their tender mouths. Or maybe they're just not used to them yet? So, I can't say for sure either way yet.
Comment by anna at lunch time on Saturday, August 4th, 2012

Does the bucket the nipples are attached to need to be air tight or can it be open on top? Thanks, Jase

Comment by Jase at lunch time on Monday, September 10th, 2012
Jase --- The bucket actually needs to not be airtight, so we recommend drilling a small hole in the lid. Leaving the entire lid off, though, can sometimes result in birds perching on top and pooping in the water --- just what you wanted to prevent.
Comment by anna terribly early Wednesday morning, September 12th, 2012
How would you go about heating these waterers for winter use? We live in Montana where it gets below zero on a regular basis and -20 is not unheard of.
Comment by Sue G late Sunday night, September 17th, 2012
Sue G --- We've had great luck with this heated chicken waterer, but it's only good down into the teens. That's perfect for us in the mountains of Virginia --- we might have the nipples freeze once or twice a year --- but it probably won't cut it in Montana. On the other hand, I suspect your coop is warmer than -20, and putting the bucket close to the chickens' perch seemed to help on our cold nights, so it's worth a try.
Comment by anna mid-morning Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Hi Anna, Just clarify... What do you send overseas? I noticed you say you will not send a kit overseas but do you send the nipples and drill? Love the idea, saves mess, smell and would help prevent sickness too I imagine.

Comment by David at teatime on Wednesday, December 12th, 2012
David --- Please see our international sales page for more information. We're glad to send complete kits overseas, just not premade waterers --- the latter are bulky and cost an arm and a leg to mail abroad.
Comment by anna at noon on Monday, December 17th, 2012

I want to mount a bunch of nipples, spread out and at different heights (I have a very diverse flock), mounted to CPVC, with a 5 gallon bucket elevated reservoir w/ a float valve.

I'd prefer to just use a CPVC tee for each nipple;

What is the threading on these? (1/2" NPT?)



Comment by David Monday night, April 15th, 2013

David --- That sounds like a fascinating system --- I hope you'll drop me an email (info@avianaquamiser.com) once you work it out.

To tap holes for our nipples, use an R drill and 1/8 NPT pipe tap.

Comment by anna at lunch time on Tuesday, April 16th, 2013
Anna it seems a lot of folks want to try coming out the side of a bucket and such, it would be easy enough to use a 90 degree fitting attached to the side of the bucket which will allow the nipple to stay vertical and still be useful. On a 5 gallon bucket, 3 nipples can be installed to allow more chickens to drink at the same time. Also as mentioned on your other board on copper, if they put some pennies in the bottom of the bucket, they won't have to clean it as often. Thoughts?
Comment by Jim Rusk terribly early Wednesday morning, May 22nd, 2013
Jim Rusk --- We're actually rolling out a simple PVC elbow product sometime this summer for folks who have trouble making their own. Adding PVC to a bucket definitely makes it easy to build a waterer that's well suited to your farm, no matter what your space restrictions are.
Comment by anna Monday afternoon, May 27th, 2013
Any ideas how to use your products in freezing winter climates?
Comment by Erica Wednesday afternoon, June 19th, 2013
Erica --- You've got several options for the winter. You can make a heated chicken waterer out of one of our kits, which, depending on the design you choose, should keep your water thawed at least into the teens. Or you can simply select one of our small, premade waterers and use these tips to keep it thawed without electricity.
Comment by anna early Sunday morning, June 23rd, 2013
The pictures I have seen are on buckets or other containers. Can I attach the nipples to a 2" PVC pipe, attach a garden hose to one end, and leave the pressure on or is that too much pressure for the gravity nipples?
Comment by R Cooper Monday evening, March 17th, 2014
R --- Thanks for your interest. Our nipples are designed to work under gravity feed conditions, so they won't work properly if simply hooked into a pipe under city water pressure. There are workarounds, though. You can add a pressure reducer to the line (29 psi or less) or can install a toilet float into a container. I hope that helps!
Comment by anna early Tuesday morning, March 18th, 2014
Hey, I'm a city chicken keeper. Girls in tractors.Limited to 4 hens. I was going to get the original 3 pack due to space saving. Can I heat the original with heat tape or a deicer of types? We live in Northern MI. This winter we hit -40s repeatedly and so I really want to not have water worries along with my "are my chickens freezing?!" worries. Thanks for any help!
Comment by Casey A. Butler at lunch time on Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Casey --- You shouldn't have a problem making a heated waterer using one of our kits, but it's tougher to retrofit one of our premade waterers. You can see all of our experiments with heated waterers here. More specifically, this is our current favorite version, and we still have a few of these premade for sale. Our previous favorite was this one, made with heat tape and two five-gallon buckets.

That said, none of these options will work at the -40s Fahrenheit. The nipples on the heated bucket waterer tend to start freezing at the low positive teens and the heat-tape waterer in the high positive teens. For really cold conditions, we just use premade Avian Aqua Miser Originals, which are easy to bring inside overnight. I hope that helps!

Comment by anna mid-morning Monday, March 30th, 2015
We currently use a tradional type of watering system for our chickens and we have an issue with algae forming inside to container. Have you had any reports of algae forming on this device if so, how easy is it to clean?
Comment by Colleen late Wednesday morning, March 16th, 2016

Colleen --- That's an excellent question. Our Avian Aqua Miser Originals have a transparent container, so if you use them outside you might see algae buildup inside. Inside our coops, we don't have that problem since there's not enough light, and the ones we use in tractors are traded out so frequently we don't see an issue there either. But if you do notice algae, you can just clean the waterer out with a soft-bristled brush and easily wash the algae away.

Our EZ Misers have a non-transparent reservoir, so they're far less likely to breed algae. We've used them out in the open in pastures and have never had a problem with algae buildup.

Comment by anna mid-morning Monday, March 21st, 2016

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