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Homemade chicken waterersWe're moving to a new homestead in a new state, and all of our chicken waterer supplies have been packed away for the transition. So our store is on summer vacation and we are unable to ship any waterers at this time. I apologize for the delay!

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Hi, is it hard for the chickens to learn to drink. They were raised using just a regular waterer. Thanks
Comment by Diane Caverly Wednesday evening, August 11th, 2010
We include detailed instructions each order, so training is easy. Many chickens pick it up in minutes, while others make take about an hour.
Comment by anna Sunday afternoon, August 15th, 2010


I just received my DIY kit and installed one nipple in the bottom of an overturned traditional waterer. Flipped it upside down to allow it hang from the top of the brooder box (what was the water trough for the feeder is now a flange).

It took all of five minutes for one of my 3-week old barred rocks to check it out, and within seconds all of them were on it! It's fabulous, the chickens seem to love it, and it was so easy. In fact, if it had been any easier it wouldn't have been DIY!

Absolutely thrilled. I will be recommending these to my fellow chicken friends.


Comment by Nathan Strange at lunch time on Wednesday, September 15th, 2010
Thanks for your kind words, Nathan! I love the ingenuity of using an old traditional waterer as the reservoir.
Comment by anna Thursday evening, September 16th, 2010
I very much like the idea, but how do I keep the water liquid during Minnesota's winter? I currently use a traditional waterer that sits on a water bowl heater.
Comment by Diane Witte at noon on Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

We've got three different pages you might like to look at concerning freezing temperatures:

I'll bet at least one of those will work better for you than your traditional waterer.

Comment by anna late Wednesday afternoon, October 6th, 2010

I am unable to get to your store to buy the chicken nipples. Seems I am in some kinda endless loop.


Cj Virgie

Comment by Cj Virgie mid-morning Friday, November 26th, 2010
Sorry I didn't make it clearer. This is the first page of our store. You need to choose between our homemade chicken waterer kits or our ready to go chicken waterers, then click on the appropriate link above. That will bring you to a page that shows all of the options for either buying do it yourself kits or pre-made waterers. Then you can just click on the buy it now buttons to make your order.
Comment by anna at lunch time on Tuesday, November 30th, 2010
This is genius..Much cheaper than other options I've seen. I only have 4 birds, I can't imagine how much more annoyed I'd be with the dirty water with a larger flock! I was going to have my husband build some kind of housing to cover their waterer, but this might be a better option. Anyway to keep it from freezing in the winter?...
Comment by Rebecca Nickols Wednesday evening, January 26th, 2011

We definitely find our waterers make chicken-keeping easier, and I suspect you will too.  Check out our page about heated chicken waterers for more winter information.

Comment by anna late Friday evening, January 28th, 2011
This thing is just great. My lead Ostrolorp hen took to it right off the back with all the others following. I am now buying two more for their free range area.
Comment by Chicken Man Sunday afternoon, March 27th, 2011
Chicken Man --- I'm glad they're enjoying their waterer! We like having a bucket waterer in our chickens' range area --- gives lots of water with little work.
Comment by anna early Tuesday morning, March 29th, 2011

I have gone loopdy loop looking for a way to purchase the nipples. We would like only 3 as we have only 5 chickens and this method looks the cleanest and most efficient. Where is the purchase page?

thanks... Rene

Comment by rene Saturday night, April 23rd, 2011
i want to buy the nipples also- but I'm doing a loop trying.
Comment by Wanda late Monday evening, April 25th, 2011
Rene and Wanda --- This is the first page of our store. You need to choose between our homemade chicken waterer kits or our ready to go chicken waterers, then click on the appropriate link above. That will bring you to a page that shows all of the options for either buying do it yourself kits or pre-made waterers. Then you can just click on the buy it now buttons to make your order.
Comment by anna early Wednesday morning, April 27th, 2011
Do the nipple waterers in the bottom of a bucket work for day old chicks?
Comment by rooster Tuesday evening, May 17th, 2011
They sure do! We just hatched a batch of chicks yesterday and they found their waterer without any help from me shortly after being put in the brooder. In fact, they're probably easier to train than adults since they don't have anything to unlearn.
Comment by anna Wednesday evening, May 18th, 2011
Is it better to mount the nipples horizontally around the bottom of the bucket or vertically thru the bottom of the bucket? It would seem it would be less neck stress and more natural for the chickens to get their water from a horizontal nipple at about the height of their beaks or head or maybe slightly higher.
Comment by Ray Gale Wednesday evening, May 18th, 2011

You might try a fully submersible aquarium heater for your water reservoirs. You can get them for 2 gallon reservoirs all the way to 500 gallon holding tanks. It will keep the water from freezing up in the winter. You will need a power source but most people should already have power available for heat lamps etc. If you are using a large enough containers for the holding water this should work just fine.

If you are running water directly from an outdoor faucet through some pvc pipe which contains the nipples for your flock, you can buy an "in-line" aquarium heater that the water flows through. You would just install this inline heater as close to the faucet as possible so the water in the pipes leading to your coop will remain heated. You would want to have this heater “enclosed” or run through an outdoor waterproof box (to keep the rain away from the thermostat etc). These inline heaters are not cheap but work great... Here is a link to the kind of heaters I think would work perfectly. http://www.hydor.com/prodotti/show/famprod/9/list/3#tabelle

Comment by Anonymous Wednesday night, May 18th, 2011

Ray --- Our nipples are meant to be mounted vertically in the bottom to work properly. Chickens don't seem to mind reaching up to drink at all --- in fact, they seem to enjoy it, and often wander over to drink when they're bored.

Anonymous --- Thanks for the heated waterer tips! Did you check out the great inventions of heated chicken waterers that our customers came up with? Aquarium heaters were runners-up, but the best (in my opinion) used heat tape.

Comment by anna Thursday evening, May 19th, 2011

My 5 week old rooster taught the hens to use the waterer within 1 minute or putting it in place! It is so easy, so clean, so ingenious. The 4 hens and the rooster gather in a circle under the pitcher and take turns dashing in to drink. I never have to clean it.

I put a little bit of vinegar into the water to help them ward off worms. (1 tablespoon to the gallon). This is a folk remedy that one commercial chicken farmer who raises 100s of chicken uses. I am not saying anyone should use it, but he swears by it.

Comment by Toby Saturday afternoon, May 28th, 2011
5 of our 35 chicks have developed bald spots on their stomachs. some spots are bigger than others. we are wondering if that is normal this age or if it is due to the heat(100-113f)?we haven't noticed them pecking each other either.please help!!!!
Comment by chancie flint (11) Monday evening, June 27th, 2011
I wish I could help, but I just don't have enough information to know what's wrong with your chicks. Good luck!
Comment by anna late Monday evening, June 27th, 2011
I can't find a photo of the entire item, only close-ups of the nipple. I'd like a graphic and info about how to hang/mount it. Please? We're going on vacation soon --
Comment by Connie late Wednesday night, July 28th, 2011

Chicken waterer

Here's a photo/diagram of the whole pre-made waterer. Our pre-made waterers come with a hook that makes it easy to hang them, but you can also make special mounts like the ones shown here: http://www.avianaquamiser.com/mounting/.

Comment by anna late Saturday afternoon, July 30th, 2011
Do these work for day old bobwhite quail? I need something that REALLY works without getting all stopped up with the wood chips....
Comment by heather late Saturday night, November 27th, 2011
Several of our customers have had great luck using these with quail from day one on up. This will definitely solve your wet litter problem.
Comment by anna Sunday afternoon, November 27th, 2011

Well I don't have chickens but just looking at the simple effective design, it is a brillian idea...well done! And the innovative ideas from your satisfied customers makes the idea even better...

Comment by Brian early Thursday morning, February 16th, 2012

Sounds like you need chickens, Brian!

I agree --- the inventiveness of our customers is astonishing!

Comment by anna Sunday afternoon, February 19th, 2012
Well with all this info i'm going to buy this for all of my chickens and ducks (41 in all). Plus Brian you need to get some chicks or ducklings.
Comment by Kaila Monday evening, May 7th, 2012
This product is great. Just installed 2 yesterday with regular 2 liters soda bottles. The chickens caught on in no time. This will save alot of my time and water. The chickens were just as amazed with it as I was. Cant say enough good things about the nipples.
Comment by Charles Vidrine early Tuesday morning, August 7th, 2012
Comment by THERESA mid-morning Monday, August 20th, 2012
Theresa --- I'm not sure I entirely understand what you're looking for. Our waterer works well with chicks starting on day 1, and the premade and DIY versions are identical in that respect. I hope that answers your question!
Comment by anna Wednesday afternoon, August 22nd, 2012
love, love, love the idea! how could i adapt this to multiple birds (30)? i'd like to place a few around the two day runs i have. also, if used in the hen house, would i need to put a try or something under to catch drips so the house litter stays reasonable dry?
Comment by sandra late Monday morning, August 27th, 2012

Sandra --- I'd recommend one of our do it yourself kits. The 3 pack DIY kit would be plenty for 30 birds.

Depending on how fancy you want to get, you could build a PVC pipe system with one reservoir but multiple watering areas, or could just make a bucket waterer for each area.

Assuming you follow our instructions to the letter, you shouldn't see any leakage onto the ground. A few hens are messy drinkers and will let a drop or two dribble down their chins, but that tends to be very minimal (and is seldom the case anyway).

Comment by anna Tuesday afternoon, August 28th, 2012

I see photos of waterers constructed with nipples in PVC pipes attached to garden hoses. I'm intrigued. How does one install the nipples along a length of PVC pipe? Does installation require access to both the interior and exterior of the pipe?

Thanks for your feedback! I can't wait to make an educated purchase!

Comment by Jackie late Wednesday afternoon, November 7th, 2012
Jackie --- Thanks for your interest. Our DIY kits include complete instructions for installation in PVC pipes, but the short answer is that you drill a hole and screw the nipple in from the outside. There's no need to use a pipe large enough that you can access the inside.
Comment by anna at lunch time on Monday, November 12th, 2012
I have been looking at your waterers and wonder how you heat the water in the winter?
Comment by Bert Peery at teatime on Saturday, January 26th, 2013
Our favorite heated waterer is this one, although we suggest several other options here if our version doesn't float your boat. I hope that helps!
Comment by anna early Monday morning, January 28th, 2013
can ya buy just one nipple set up
Comment by DAVE Tuesday evening, April 23rd, 2013
Dave --- It sounds like you either want our 1 pack DIY kit or a single premade waterer. The latter will only water five birds in the height of summer, though, so if you're at all handy I recommend buying the kit and installing the nipple in the bottom of a 5 gallon bucket.
Comment by anna late Monday morning, April 29th, 2013
Right now I am using a 5 gal. bucket to water my chickens and it is working just fine but I have a few that want to get on top of it and sit. So, I want to use a piece of PVC pipe which will make things all the more easier (I hope) for me this winter but I'm not sure how to insulate it so it won't freeze. I thought about using that foam insulation that is wrapped around pipe-a long piece of foam that is split from one end to another but chickens might peck it. I could probably wrap it with some wide black tape but wonder will it work. Do you have any other suggestions?
Comment by Diane Whitlow mid-morning Monday, August 19th, 2013
Diane --- PVC pipes are the toughest kind of waterers to prevent from freezing. It depends on your climate, of course, but in our zone 6 climate my first try would be to wrap heat tape around the pipe and then to add a layer of Reflectix. The foam insulation might work, but the chickens might also peck it to bits.
Comment by anna early Tuesday morning, August 20th, 2013
Sorry, Anna, I've tried to follow your instructions on how to locate just the nipples for purchase. Alas, I get redirected to kits only. Might I suggest creating a link(s) to the individual parts for your waterers so they can be more easily found? Thanks!
Comment by Tom late Saturday morning, October 5th, 2013
Tom --- I'm sorry you had trouble. We only sell our nipples as part of our do it yourself kits.
Comment by anna late Monday morning, October 7th, 2013

I have been using the nipples for a couple of years for my chicks and love it, they love it too. I tried them with a pen of bunnies that I also raise and they love it more, I think. They ignore the traditional water bottles and empty the nipple rigged jugs 1st.

Love them, Thanks

Comment by Jody late Thursday morning, July 31st, 2014

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