Avian Aqua Miser: Automatic, poop-free chicken waterers

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Mark invented the Avian Aqua Miser.Do you have questions or comments about your Avian Aqua Miser?  Drop us an email at:

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Anna Hess
P.O. Box 76
Athens, OH 45701

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Just wanted you to know how pleased we are for our shipment of three nipples that were installed to three Mayo jars for watering our five bantams on one end and our eight standard hens on the other. Did not take them long to catch on. My question is how can we keep the jars from freezing during five days of 20 degree weather. Our thoughts are wraping the jugs with some type of covering. You are more knowledged in this area. Thanks so much!!!
Comment by Linda Walden late Sunday morning, October 3rd, 2010

I'm so glad they're working as well for you as they do for us!  We've got three different pages you might like to look at concerning freezing temperatures:

Comment by anna Monday afternoon, October 4th, 2010
for days we have had 100-106 dgree highs do we still have to use a heat lamp?
Comment by chancie at teatime on Friday, June 24th, 2011
I assume you're talking about raising baby chicks? The recommended temperature for the first week is 95 degrees, so I'd say no lamp if it's that hot! We actually prefer a ecoglow brooder since the chicks can come out from underneath if it's too hot or go in if they get cold.
Comment by anna late Friday evening, June 24th, 2011

I tried putting the new nipple waters in a pvc pipe hooked to a hose when the pipe was pressured up from the hose the chickens could not activate the nipples after I relieved the pressure and had just gravity feed the chickens could use the nopples. I saws the picture on your web-site using the pvc and I thought what a great idea. Any suggestions on how to make it work.

Thanks Sam Young sdyoung@peoplescom.net

Comment by Sam Young Sunday afternoon, August 14th, 2011
It looks like you found your problem --- our nipples are only designed to work under gravity feed pressure. If you take a look in the extensive instructions that came on the CD with your do it yourself kit, you'll see step by step instructions for making PVC pipe waterers. Good luck!
Comment by anna early Wednesday morning, August 17th, 2011
Your website reads that I can water my birds from a range of .30 cents a nipple to a dollar per bird but I can only order 1 nipple for 15$. Where can I order just the nipples at those costs? These are a great invention and very handy. Thank you for your time.
Comment by Anonymous Tuesday afternoon, June 26th, 2012
Anonymous --- Thanks for your interest. We reduce the cost per nipple when you buy larger kit sizes. Our 40 pack DIY kit will water up to 664 birds for $200, which comes to 30 cents a bird. You can see all of our DIY kit options here.
Comment by anna Sunday evening, July 1st, 2012
Great Idea but isn't PVC really toxic especially if left in the sun?
Comment by Leon Wursten late Saturday evening, September 8th, 2012

We recommend that our customers steer clear of PVC pipe produced before 1977 since they may leach carcinogens into water. Other toxins may still leach out of more modern PVC pipes, but it's less common.

To play it safe, look for "NSF­PW" or "NSF­61" on the pipes you buy. This means that the pipes were designed to carry drinking water and should be safest for your birds.

Comment by anna terribly early Wednesday morning, September 12th, 2012
We received our Aqua Miser Waterer last week and absolutely LOVE it! I was so tired of cleaning out the chick waterer every couple of hours to keep it poop free! The chicks caught on to the concept of the water nipple right away! Great invention! Thank you!
Comment by Janet Picone at lunch time on Saturday, November 24th, 2012
I loved this, but years ago i started using rabbit water bottles, because I was tired of the dirty water. Won't buy will continue to use the rabbit bottles. But its nice to see someone came up with this idea. My chickens love their water bottles!
Comment by Tammy Saturday evening, January 5th, 2013
Can this system be used for ducks? I see pictures but I thought they need to get their beaks all into water so they can clear passages? Thanks for your help I just hatched 2 Ancona on Newyears Eve and would love a better way to water them! Thanks!
Comment by Sally at noon on Sunday, January 6th, 2013

Tammy --- Great idea! It does look like there's quite a bit of cross-over between rabbit water bottles and chicken nipples. One of our friends sent us the photo below of a crossover in the other direction, baby bunnies drinking from our waterers:
Rabbit waterer

Sally --- Excellent question. We've had several customers report great results using our waterer with ducks, but you do have to give them another water source so they can submerge their heads on a regular basis for the health of their eyes. The open waterer tends to get filthy, so the ducks usually prefer to drink from our waterer despite having both options available.

Comment by anna late Monday morning, January 7th, 2013

How can I get them to start using the bucket chicken waterer rather than the stainless pan I'm using?? I don't want them to go without water and they drink a lot. Should I just remove the stainless pan and hope the will find and use the nice bucket I put together for them. thanks,

Mike from Herminie

Comment by michael balogh mid-morning Saturday, May 18th, 2013
Mike --- You might want to check out our troubleshooting tips for more information, but the short answer is that you will need to take out their old waterer before introducing the new one. Chickens are creatures of habit, and they'll keep drinking from what they're used to if it's available. Please drop me an email if you try the tips in the link and are still having trouble.
Comment by anna early Monday morning, May 20th, 2013
Hello! I've got a mystery that perhaps your knowledge might shed some light on. I came home this afternoon to find one of my hens dead on the ground in the coop. It was very hot (105) but I've never lost a hen to heat yet. AND, she had a perfectly round wound centered between her chest and belly area. Also, it looked like some feathers were missing all around the area. No blood, and it didn't look messy and brutal. I don't get it. My first thought was that she'd been shot, but that seems next to impossible, and the wound was approx. 1/2" in diameter. Any thoughts appreciated. All the other hens were fine with no signs of anything troubling...
Comment by Sparepony early Tuesday morning, July 29th, 2014

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