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How to train poultry to nipple waterers
Many flock owners prefer nipple-style waterers because they offer an always-clean fresh source of water. But for chickens accustomed to trough waterers, it may take a little while for them to “get with the program”.
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How to train your bird to use nipples
A few tricks for dealing with stubborn birds:

1. Remove all other sources of water. Place the new nipple waterer in the old waterer’s location.

2. Bring a bird’s beak directly to the nipple waterer (see photo at right) and flick the nipple. You may have to activate the nipple with the bird’s beak to demonstrate the new water source.

3. Place a sunflower seed in the drip trough. When the bird pecks at the seed, it will discover the new water source.

4. Use a red laser pointer to direct chickens to the nipple. Similar to house cats, our chickens will chase and follow the red light. (This was inadvertently discovered by our photo dept and is now our go-to method for getting camera-shy birds to cooperate.)

You don’t have to train every bird in the flock. Just a few will do. Once the first chickens begin drinking, others will follow. We haven’t had to do this process with day-old chicks (youth has its benefits, no bad habits to break).

3 nipple waterer options...
Though there are many styles of nipple drinkers available, we’re picky, and only offer the three below. We’ve field-tested these waterers in cages, brooders and coops—in hot weather and cold winter months. Don’t just take our word for it… see the online reviews for each product.
Chick Nipple Drinker
1. Chick Nipple Drinker
This 5-star drinker sits above the litter so water is always clean. It hangs on the wall, in poultry cages and it can be used with our heating plates for chick brooders.
  • Provides water for up to 10-20 chicks or 1-2 adult chickens
  • Capacity: 0.26 gallon (1 liter)
Heated Poultry Waterer
2. Heated Poultry Waterer
Ensure your birds have fresh water in freezing temperatures! Elevate the waterer on a concrete block or bucket so the nipples are just above head height—the birds should stretch up slightly to drink. We have used these buckets in temps as low as -20°F (in the coop and protected from the wind).
  • Provides water for up to 26 chickens
  • Capacity: 2.25 gallon
Bucket Nipple Watererr
3. Bucket Nipple Waterer
High-capacity waterer with three recessed nipples provide fresh water while keeping the reservoir clean. Includes an adjustable cord for hanging.
  • Provides water for up to 35 chickens
  • Capacity: 3 gallon
Flock Handling Tools
PoultryNet Plus
PoultryNet®Plus 12/48/3 Starter Kit — $422
Everything you need in one convenient package to temporarily fence poultry in the backyard or on the pasture. We also offer other PoultryNet and PermaNet Starter kits.
Heating Plates
Heating Plates — from $41
A heating plate is the next best thing to a mother hen. Simulates a hen keeping chicks warm and cozy beneath her feathers.
Feed-O-Matic Poultry Feeder
Feed-O-Matic Poultry Feeder — $54
Reduce waste and spoilage and feed the flock indoors or out with this rodent and songbird resistant feeder.
Heat Lamp Starter Kits
Heat Lamp Starter Kits — $134.75
Our starter kits include everything the flockmaster needs to set up a small brooder for up to 24 chicks. Heating Plate Starter Kits are also available.
Emperor Feeder
Emperor Feeder — $200
High capacity feeder designed for bulk feeding of game birds and other poultry, including birds with large beaks such as ducks and geese.
TurboScoop — from $16
Durable aluminum scoop to feed poultry, sheep and goats. Unique placement of the handle allows it to hook onto PoultryNet® gates, fences, or panels for storage. We also offer a 5 lb capacity plastic TurboScoop.
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