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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
on May 9, 2011
Size Name: 5
Chicken Waterer Solution:
Drill 3 proper size holes (5/16) in a standard 5 gallon bucket. Wrap nipple threads once or twice with teflon tape and screw into holes. Hang bucket around 16-24" off the ground 'somehow' (that's another story, used a spare ladder & chain), fill with water & cover the top. Don't worry about training chickens, just take away their existing water source & they'll figure it out very quickly. Works great. Will order more. Not sure what to do in the winter, but 7-8 months of the year this is the answer. Setup two buckets to water 12 hens. Now instead of having to take water out every day or two; I fill the two 5 gallon buckets about once a week and the water stays clean. Nice.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on May 26, 2012
Size Name: 5Verified Purchase
If using this nipple in PVC or other thicker walled material, use caution to ensure that the hole is not too tight of a fit. I used PVC. I drilled to size as directed by enclosed instructions, then tapped threaded the hole (not required) jut to ensure a solid threaded fit, wrapped the nipple with thread tape and had a good snug fit while threading it into the PVC. The problem I noticed afterward however is that the metal nipple would not seal. THE LEAK DID NOT COME FROM THE THREADS, BUT INTERNALLY FROM THE METAL NIPPLE. I removed the nipple completely from the PVC, redrilled and re-threaded, attempting to open the hole up a bit more. The fit was not so tight this time and the nipples sealed. I assume that a very tight fit somehow deforms the plastic housing surrounding the actual metal nipple and causes sealing issues. So, long story short, if the hole is TOO TIGHT you may have problems. Be certain the nipple housing threads comfortably into the hole you prepare. I built three waterers and had to loosen all of the nipples in this manner to get them to seal. They worked beautifully after I used this technique.

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on September 8, 2011
Size Name: 5Verified Purchase
I have always used ground based waterers; which can become messy, gross and not a lot of fun to clean out. This product eliminates all those problems. The chickens always have fresh clean water and makes cleaning and refilling a lot easier. I wish I had these years ago.

I have a bucket set-up, but for my small backyard flock that I currently have I created a bottle set-up. I took a 2 liter soda bottle, drilled a hole in the cap, then epoxyed the nipple in it. Afterwards I poked a hole in the bottom of the bottle, for air to come in, then flipped it upside down and hung it on the side of the coop with a wire. Basically a big hamster water bottle for chickens.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on June 18, 2012
Size Name: 5Verified Purchase
Thanks to another reviewer I didn't even think of getting a 5/16 drill bit, and went for the 11/32 instead. Just comparing the nipple diameter with the two size bits and you can see that 5/16 is way too small (no wonder other reviewers cannot get it to self-tap). The change worked great. Wrap it a few times with plumbers tape and it went right in. No problems getting it to self-tap and no drips. And it took my 7 week old pullets only a few minutes to figure it out.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Size Name: 5Verified Purchase
When we built our chicken coop, we wanted it to require as little maintenance as possible. These nipples fit into that plan. I have three nipples installed with a bit of teflon tape in a 6 gallon bucket with a lid. Our four hens only require their water to be refilled every 3-4 weeks. It's great! The water stays fairly clean too. I can only feel the slightest bit of a biofilm on the inside of the bucket when I change the water.

This is all fine and dandy in the summer, but what about the winter? This was actually surprisingly easy. We live in Pennsylvania, so it gets pretty cold up here. After installing three nipples in the bottom of a bucket, hang it up or place it on a stand (your choice, we have ours hung with a chain), cut a hole in the lid of the bucket and drop a K&H 9000 Ice Eliminator BirdBath 50-Watt De-Icer in to the bucket. This de-icer is only 50 Watts and it's thermostatically controlled so it only goes on when it is freezing outside. Now, our chicken coop is insulated, but I really don't think that keeps it much warmer than outside since we only have a CFL in the coop and just 4 hens. This de-icer has kept the water from freezing ever! I was really surprised.

The chickens learned how to drink from this instantly. It was a little tricky to install, because if I remember correctly the hole was a little too tight even though it was the "right" size according to the instructions. Also, these leak a bit, but I came to terms with the floor of the coop always being damp under the nipples.

Overall it is a pretty good setup. It'd be nicer if it didn't leak, but oh well. Try the de-icer method out. It works wonderfully. Let me know if you need any clarifications by leaving a comment. Hope this was helpful. Happy farming!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on September 5, 2011
Size Name: 5Verified Purchase
I drilled 5 holes in a 5 gallon bucket, screwed these little babies in, and voila! My watering nightmare is over. If you have chickens you NEED these. Made my day to see all my birds drinking on a 90 degree day from a fesh source. They found out how to use it immediately!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 24, 2013
Size Name: 5Verified Purchase
They are easy to install and the chickens go right to them. And I love to ask everyone if they have seen my chicken nipples.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 2, 2011
Size Name: 5Verified Purchase
I got these because my chickens water would always get dirty. I screwed them into the bottom of a 5 gallon home depot bucket. I agree that the treads are not that good, but I put thread tape and RTV. I think one of them leaks a little. My chickens didn't know how to use them because they were used to my other waterer. I put jam around the chicken nipples and they figured them out after a few days. My problem was that I have bantom chickens and normal sized chikens. My batoms couldn't reach them well. I got some PVC pipe and made an extention for them to use. I have attached 3 picture. My cell phone camera sucks. It has only been hanging up with the extention for a day or two, but so far so good.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on May 18, 2011
Size Name: 5
i have got 5 nipples on pvc pipe all of them leak water i just installed new nipples from cconly ND-R1 nipples work much better got them on ebay budron
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 20, 2013
Size Name: 5
You just have to be smarter than the watering nipple. Had no issue installing in 1/2" pvc or a plastic bucket.
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