Avian Aqua Miser: Automatic, poop-free chicken waterers

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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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I dont remember how I stumbled across your web site but I have lots of friends that have all kinds of birds,from chickens to quail. I cant wait to tell them about your invention. Now if you would just make one for feed....
Comment by Chicken Hag late Tuesday morning, March 2nd, 2010
Actually, Mark's working on a feed invention right now. There are lots of automatic feeders out there, but we like to keep our chickens occupied, and his new feeder (once he works the kinks out!) should do just that. Stay tuned! (And thanks for spreading the word!)
Comment by anna Wednesday evening, March 3rd, 2010
How long will the nipple last?
Comment by Carmen at lunch time on Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Our nipples are very sturdy stainless steel in a hard plastic casing. We've had the same ones in operation on our farm for going on three years now, with no signs of problems (despite me not taking very good care of them and letting them freeze dozens of times.) Chances are your nipple will last years longer than any plastic container you put them into, so you can just unscrew them carefully and use our DIY instructions to assemble another waterer --- as good as new!

So, I can't answer your exact question because we haven't had one fail yet. I can just say there's no planned obsolescence here!

Comment by anna late Sunday afternoon, November 21st, 2010

I am getting 6 baby chicks When will they learn to drink from this bottle?

lWill one be enough for 6 chickens?

Comment by Jene Kemp at teatime on Saturday, February 5th, 2011

Yes, we've had chicks drink from our waterers from day 1. In fact, they seem to learn even easier than adults --- easier to teach a young dog new tricks. :-)

If you turn it into a bucket waterer, one nipple will be enough. You might start out with the nipple as part of a smaller waterer, then upgrade when your chicks are a little bigger. It's simple to unscrew the nipple from one waterer and put it in a larger one.

Comment by anna late Tuesday morning, February 8th, 2011
Not ready built yet for my chickens... but very interested in your waterer. If you do ship... what are post costs on DIY 10 pack.... and is there a difference on DIY 20 pack? Thanks! Hope you do.
Comment by Chelle late Sunday morning, April 17th, 2011

We haven't tried to ship to South Africa before, but are willing to give it a shot as long as you don't mind being responsible for any customs issues on your end (and letting me know so I can add you to our list of ship-to countries if it works!) It looks like it would cost me an extra $8 to ship to South Africa for the 10 pack or $11 for the 20 pack. If you're interested, drop me an email at info@avianaquamiser.com and I'll make you a custom invoice --- you won't be able to get the right shipping rates by ordering over the internet here.

(I've been enjoying your blog, by the way! Interesting how your monkey problems are so much like our deer problems...but so much more exotic. :-) )

Comment by anna late Monday evening, April 18th, 2011

Great! Should be fine. I have bought a number of things from the States already. As soon as I have the finance ready I will send you a note. Thanks. Looks good. Also interested to see what kind of feeder Mark is going to come up with... :)

We have antelope here too.. but I think they are a little more shy than your deer from what I have read. The large Eland can completely twist off the branch of a tree when passing through though. The first time I wondered who or what could have done such a thing! I must try get a pic next time. One thing I have read that is good for keeping deer away is to lay the fencing on the ground.... they hate to walk on this and can be kept from fruit trees quite successfully. I haven't tried it beyond using chicken wire around the base of my Moringa trees to keep the Porcupine from digging up the roots. Maybe lay fencing around some precious vege beds too?

Comment by Chelle terribly early Sunday morning, April 24th, 2011
We've tried the chicken-wire-on-the-ground technique, and it just doesn't work here (like most of the other deer deterrents folks tell us about.) I think that most of the home remedies work...as long as you don't have many deer. The higher your population, the more exact your deterrent has to be to keep them at bay.
Comment by anna early Wednesday morning, April 27th, 2011

So from the picture it looks as though the chickens are drinking from the waterer OVER THEIR HEAD?? They peck the nipple and then water drips out and they 'suck' it?? How can this be? More pictures would be great?? Thanks

Comment by Maureen Dwyer late Sunday evening, May 1st, 2011
Would these also work on pigeons and how many pigeons per nipple
Comment by Shawn late Monday afternoon, May 2nd, 2011

Maureen --- Yes, the chicken pecks at the nipple, which releases a drop of water, and the chicken licks it up. The theory is very similar to how a hamster or guinea pig drinks out of their water bottle. If you visit the homemade chicken waterer portion of our blog, you'll see lots of customer images showing chickens drinking, if that helps.

Shawn --- Several of our customers have used our nipples with pigeons and reported that they work great. I don't have a definite number of pigeons per nipple, but I'd say perhaps 15, and maybe allow 0.25 cups of water per bird per day.

Comment by anna late Tuesday afternoon, May 3rd, 2011
I would like to adapt these to a brooder waterer. How much water has to be in there for the nipples to work? My brooders are 2' by 2' by 4'long. Are these the nipples that work on PVC pipe?
Comment by Karen L. Thomas early Monday morning, May 9th, 2011
Our CD comes with extensive instructions that should help you make a waterer just like this. For example, check out this adjustable chick waterer and this simple PVC system. You won't need more than a few cups of water for them to work and our nipples install very well in PVC pipes.
Comment by anna at teatime on Wednesday, May 11th, 2011
how many waterers per pack, please
Comment by K.R.Woodson Thursday afternoon, May 12th, 2011
Each kit comes with a different number of nipples. For example, the one pack DIY kit comes with one nipple and the 10 pack DIY kit comes with 10 nipples. If you click on the link for the product you're interested in the table at the top of the page, you'll see all of the contents of each kit.
Comment by anna late Tuesday morning, May 17th, 2011

The order arrived very quickly! We finally got around to fixing up a 3.5 waterer on Sunday and the (16) chickens took right to it! I am amazed that I didn't have to fill the jug up again until today! WOW!! We give our girls filtered water so the savings in water will be phenomenal!

I'll probably purchase another set of nipples so we can make another jug with a heated base for this winter.

Thank you for a wonderful product.


Comment by Constance Thursday afternoon, September 1st, 2011
Will chicken nipples work only in gravity-fed waterers, or can they function connected directly to a pressurized water line?
Comment by Anonymous Thursday afternoon, March 29th, 2012
Our nipples are designed to operate only under gravity feed conditions. However, some of our customers have successfully inserted them into pressurized water lines, either by installing a pressure reducer (29 psi or less) or using a toilet float workaround.
Comment by anna at lunch time on Friday, March 30th, 2012
All I can say is this is a great product, i am going to order more !
Comment by Marty Sawyer mid-morning Sunday, April 15th, 2012
How or what sort of heater would one go about installing in water storage tank to keep water from freezing ??? Would an ordinary, submersable fishtank heater work ? Also what about protecting the PVC pipe inside the coop???
Comment by Marti Friday afternoon, August 17th, 2012
Marti --- Thanks for your interest. We have a whole section on heated chicken waterers that should answer all of your questions. If not, just let me know!
Comment by anna Sunday evening, August 19th, 2012
Okay, I give up! I've tried and tried and tried to find a spot where I can order just the nipples but your website keeps running me in circles back to the kits. I want ONLY the nipples, which you say are available. Where are they?
Comment by Chris Hiz-Bradley late Saturday afternoon, September 1st, 2012
Chris --- I'm sorry you found the website confusing. We only sell our chicken nipples as part of our do it yourself kits.
Comment by anna late Sunday evening, September 2nd, 2012
Thanks to both of you for providing a great product. Price was right, shipping was fast and accurate, and the chickens love it! We bought 26 day-old chicks, and they started drinking right out of the box.
Comment by Homestead Catholic early Tuesday morning, May 21st, 2013
You do not say how meny is in the kit just for so many birds I know the nipples are good ive seen them in a freands coop I want to build one for my 12 RIR so what kit should I buy and how meny nipples will I get
Comment by Vincent Kamp terribly early Sunday morning, June 16th, 2013
Vincent --- The name of each kit tells how many nipples are included, and you can also click on each kit name to see the full contents. For example, the one pack DIY kit contains one nipple and should work for your birds as long as you make a large enough capacity reservoir.
Comment by anna Monday afternoon, June 17th, 2013
Chicks were about 4 weeks old when the nipples arrived. I installed 6 of them on a PVC header connected to a 5 gallon bucket with a hose between them. I followed the instructions pulling water out the night before installing the watering system. The chickens learned how to use the nipples in less than 30 minutes. I am watering 22 pullets with 6 nipples and only need to fill the bucket every few days. I attached a valve on the bucket so I can disconnect and take it outside to clean without making a mess in the coop. I also attached the header to the wall with straps so I can adjust the height as the chickens grow. These nipples are great and your service with a minor problem was quick and professional. Thank you.
Comment by Robert C mid-morning Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Robert --- Thanks for sharing! I've included the image Robert emailed me of his setup below: PVC pipe chicken waterer

Comment by anna Monday afternoon, April 14th, 2014

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