2 Gallon Chicken Waterer - Horizontal Nipple Setup
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- Complete system. No assembly required.
- New Horizontal Nipples prevent ground/bedding from getting wet
- 2 Gallons last 4 hens more than 5 days!
- Easy to fill - Removable cap on lid
- Comes with some of the best instructions you've ever seen!
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Top Customer Reviews
I wanted a water source that wouldn't be depleted quickly in the summer or be quickly soiled and need continual cleaning.
The nipple system of water delivery seemed like the best solution.
We'll be placing the feeder and water bucket in a run that we'll move periodically, so I didn't want anything too heavy to move and clean regularly. I won't be hanging it, but I can easily place it on something inside the run to put the nipples at the right height.
Thanks to another reviewer (Molly) who mentioned bringing the waterer inside at night to prevent freezing. Since our future small flock will be in our backyard, I can easily bring the water bucket into the laundry room or garage during cold weather and put it back into the run when I let the chickens out of their coop in the morning.
I tested the bucket right away and found that one of the four nipples leaked a little. After a lot of fussing with it, it leaks less now but still seeps a little water when not being pressed. It's not enough to drain the bucket quickly, but I'll see if I can eliminate the seepage before I need to use this bucket.
Update: I found that after letting the bucket dry again, I could turn the problem nipple another turn and the leaking stopped.
Update in December of 2016:
Our girls have been outside since early spring. They figured out how to get water quickly with only a quick demonstration from me.
During the heat of summer, I would add bottles of frozen water to the bucket to keep the water I'd added electrolytes to cool longer.
Now that we're having below freezing temps, I just bring the bucket inside for the night and put it back out in the run before I let them out of the coop for the day.
We have five hens and I've noticed that whichever nipple one of them goes to, another one will be drawn to drinking from the same nipple.
This bucket has worked so well that I ordered another one to keep as backup.
The horizontal nipples are easy to clean with a dish brush and even though I seldom put more than 1 gallon of water in the bucket, I can leave it in place for a couple of days except when the weather is hot. I change the water every day in hot weather, just to be safe.
It's easy to carry, easy to clean and easy to fill.
Ours isn't hanging, but it sits on top of an enamelware dishpan that rests on good sized patio slabs in the main run. I've placed a lid from a 5 gallon bucket over the top of it with a brick to keep the girls from soiling the top of the water bucket. The main run has a tarp over it that protects the feeder and water bucket from rain and sun.
Received my second bucket yesterday and was surprised that the seller included an extra horizontal nipple. My first bucket that's still in use did not include an extra nipple. I don't fill my bucket using the hole in the lid. I take the lid completely off each time I clean and fill it. In the heat of summer, I usually add electrolytes to their water and frozen bottles of water to keep it cool longer. When it's not overly hot, I add ACV to their water and periodically, I add BOB to their water. I have one of those bucket opening tools and it works great to break the seals on the bucket lid. Once they are opened up a bit, it's easy to remove the lid completely for cleaning and filling.
After receiving the backup bucket, I used the bucket opening tool to remove the lid and tested it to see if any of the nipples were leaking and none leaked at all.
My first bucket had one nipple that leaked, but I found that giving it an extra turn solved the problem.
I'm so glad I chose this method of providing water for my chickens. The water stays clean and it's easy to manage.
During the winter, I just bring the bucket inside for the night after I close the coop door and it's easy to make sure the girls are getting clean water with or without additives.
If you have a nipple that leaks, try giving it an additional turn. That solved my problem with my first bucket.
We also bought a feeder from RentACoop. That one also works great!
God bless you!
1. The 2-gallon size is perfect for those of us who only have a handful of chickens. Anything bigger is inconvenient.
2. Even though I'm not hanging this at the moment, the chain will be handy for when I hang it this summer.
3. Recently, the night-time temps have gone to -15 degrees F and keeping water in its liquid form is challenging. I had to bring the chickens into the garage with a heat lamp and a space heater, and still can only get the temperature to hang around zero on these frigid nights. The hole in the lid allows me to drop in a bird bath heater and run the cord through the hole. As a precaution, I wrapped the waterer in some water heater wrap. Each morning, I'm greeted with liquid water! I hope this will be the case when I move the girls back out to their coop (unheated).
4. The horizontal nipple works really well and there's a little "tray" right under the metal nipple that captures a few drops of water making drinking easier. So far, this isn't freezing either!