Avian Aqua Miser: Automatic, poop-free chicken waterers

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EZ Miser

EZ Miser: Bigger,
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I purchased the Avian Aquamiser supplies and equipment and built a watering system for our chickens two years ago - since then we've had clean, continuous, easy to maintain water access for our three AustralOrps 24/7 with great success! I highly recommend this system for anyone that wants poop and dirt free water for their chickens whether they have two or two hundred in their flock.
Comment by Leona George-Davidson mid-morning Monday, August 19th, 2013
Wow! You solved the one problem I have ever had with my Aqua Miser- placing it on the ground while cleaning it!
Comment by Heather late Monday morning, August 19th, 2013
I personally find that water stored in glass is better. When given the choice my chickens also prefer water from glass bottles.
Comment by Anonymous Monday evening, August 19th, 2013
This looks really great! I am thinking of getting two for the winter and then switching them out every morning because they'll have frozen overnight when it gets really cold. Is there a reason why you couldn't have four of the nipples instead of just two?
Comment by Rebecca Preston Monday afternoon, September 9th, 2013
Rebecca --- Four nipples works well also, especially if you use a five-gallon bucket so there's plenty of water capacity to go with the extra drinking spots. Our new EZ Miser kits make it simple to create any permutation like that you want!
Comment by anna at teatime on Tuesday, September 10th, 2013
The chicks love the EZ Miser and it took no time at all for them to find it. I have been using the ez nipples on a 5 gallon water jug but the EZ Miser is so much better and easier to handle and for the chicks and cleaner for sure! Good invention!
Comment by John at lunch time on Monday, September 23rd, 2013

I ordered one waterer to try with my flock of 18 new meat birds and 4 little layers. They are about 7 weeks old now.

Introducing the birds to the waterer went fairly well. I keep the EZMiser in the coop and they still have other water outside during the day. Since the waterer is almost empty in the mornings, I think they are all using it just fine. I love to see them sipping.

The coop is much cleaner and they can hang out under the waterer, which helps with space. Our meat bird coop is smaller than our regular coop and they need as much floor space as possible as they grow so fast.

It's easy to fill and the last bit of bucket does seem to collect silt... which is good for keeping the nozzles clear.

I'm planning to move the EZMiser into the main layer coop when the meat birds "graduate" and we'll see if the older chickens can figure it out.

Comment by Lori at lunch time on Monday, September 23rd, 2013
it is great, it is perfect four our chick condo, we really appreciate your products! makes my life so much easier!
Comment by Elizabeth at teatime on Tuesday, September 24th, 2013


I see that y'all say 15 chickens can drink from each EZ Miser. I have 50 day old chicks coming in a couple months, and I'd like to use EZ Misers in the brooder--but that would mean 3 or 4 EZ Misers, which is a little beyond my budget. I was wondering if more chicks than adult chickens could drink from each EZ Miser? Or perhaps if I got a kit and added four nipples instead of two? What would y'all recommend? Thanks so much for your help and for making this wonderful product!

Comment by Jennifer at lunch time on Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Jennifer --- That's an excellent question. You're entirely right that the number of chickens we say the EZ Miser will water is based on its capacity, and chicks drink a lot less than mature hens. For their first month of life, 50 chicks will only drink a gallon per day or less between them, so the EZ Miser will suit them just fine.

On the other hand, we usually recommend no more than 17 chickens per nipple, which would reduce the number of birds we recommend per EZ Miser to 34. But chicks are much less likely to fight over drinking space than adult hens are, so you'd probably be okay there, especially if you keep your eyes open.

If you want to be safe (and also allow room for growth, since those chicks will start drinking more in their second month), you could buy an EZ Miser kit instead. With the four pack kit, you could install two spouts in a small container for the early days in the brooder and then two spouts in a five gallon bucket. Between them, the two waterers would give you plenty of water capacity and drinking space for all of your birds throughout their life.

I hope that helps!

Comment by anna at lunch time on Monday, February 17th, 2014
I have had the EZMiser for several months, and my hens will not use it. I tried keeping just it in the outside run, but they all still just use the traditional waterer in the coop. I also tried putting it out when they were free ranging, and they won't touch it. Very frustrating as it was expensive to purchase.
Comment by Sarah Prescott at lunch time on Saturday, September 6th, 2014

Sarah --- I'm sorry you're having trouble! One thing to be aware of is that chickens are very sensitive to the difference between stale and fresh water. While stale water won't hurt them in any way, it doesn't taste quite as good. So if you put fresh water in their yard, they're going to go drink it quite happily and ignore your waterering system, which will be full of stale water. Since chickens are creatures of habit, it's really essential to take away all other sources of water, too, if you want your chickens to learn to drink from a new source.

Chances are that if you've seen one chicken drink from your system, they all know how to drink and are just happily taking advantage of the fresher water when it's offered. One option is to mark the side of your reservoir so you can tell how much water they're drinking from the nipples per day --- they should be getting 0.4 cups per hen per day. (It looks like chickens drink a lot more from traditional waterers, but most of that is spilled or fouled.)

You can read more troubleshooting tips (and return information) here.

Comment by anna at lunch time on Monday, September 8th, 2014
How often will I be refilling the EX Miser for 5 hens and 1 Roo? Would it be better to buy the kit and use a bigger bucket?
Comment by Brandy at lunch time on Saturday, November 29th, 2014
Brandy --- On a hot summer day, you might need to fill your EZ Miser two or three times a week, but in cooler weather, it would last much longer. Of course, with a five-gallon bucket (made with one of our kits), you could go weeks between fillings even in the summer. I hope that helps you decide!
Comment by anna mid-morning Monday, December 1st, 2014
Thank You, Anna. I wasn't sure how big the bucket was. With my husband always out of town on business, the kit isn't much of an option since I am not handy with a drill...but 1-2 of these would probably work very well for my flock. Thanks!!
Comment by Brandy Tuesday evening, December 2nd, 2014
I just completed my transaction for an EZ Miser and I simply cannot wait to receive it!!
Comment by Brandy Tuesday evening, December 2nd, 2014

I am sorry you don't have a phone number to call. I don't see a way to choose how to buy just 5 of those nipples. And what is their price?

Thanks for your attention.

Comment by Oreste Ona late Sunday night, January 5th, 2015
Oreste --- Thanks for your interest. We only sell our chicken nipples as part of our premade waterers or kits. The least expensive and simplest option is our Avian Aqua Miser Original kits. I hope that helps.
Comment by anna late Tuesday morning, January 6th, 2015
After many years of keeping chickens and trying out and suffering with many different kinds of waterers, I've finally given up on all of them and settled for open containers that I refill every couple of days with a hose, or that I carry water to. My favorite waterer is an upturned wheelbarrow basin that I coated with mortar to minimize rust. I find that this simple approach works esp. well in winter even with the freezing problem---I just have to break out the ice and refill a container or two each morning, takes 5 minutes. I did used to like nipple waterers and this looks like a good one because it holds a reasonable amount and you don't have to hang it.
Comment by Stephen early Saturday morning, October 17th, 2015

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