Horizontal Drip-Catch Nipples
Water nipples for chickens, ducks and other poultry. Side-facing with drip-catch design to reduce moisture build-up in the coop.
Horizontal nipples take a firmer peck to activate than vertical nipples. They're best used for stronger flock members and not young chicks.
- Capacity: gravity flow
- Size: 1.25"D x 1.25"W x 1.25"H
- Suited for: adults
- Number of birds: 6
- Waterfowl: yes
Also use as replacement nipples for Premier’s Heated Poultry Waterer.
Note: The exact number of birds to water is difficult to determine as there are many factors that influence intake; salt and protein levels in the diet, humidity, temperature, productivity (growth or egg production) and the birds ability to process feed and water.
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Julie S from Missouri
After trying different watering systems and nipples for my hens, this is by far the best.
Don C from South Carolina
I bought a heated waterer in the fall of 2021. It worked well until March 2022 when one of the nipples started leaking and could not be stopped. How is this supposed to be fixed... order new nipples? Quality of the nipples needs to be addressed. Not recommended because of the cost compared to its dependability.
Dan E from Ohio
I like them a lot. I used them with 100 pastured broilers and I installed 12 of them spaced about a foot apart in a 2" PVC pipe. No bird crowding, and no spilling of water. I have 2, 5-gallon buckets suspended about 4' above the pipe connected with tubing, and the gravity feed works perfect. Anything above a few pounds of water pressure and I find that they leak badly, but they hold low gravity-feed pressure just fine. The spring valve keeps a good seal under gravity pressure, and doesn’t clog.
A couple issues I had:
1) Some fell out. They don’t make a super-solid hold in the holes, so if you hit on them, they can fall out. As the broilers got up to full weight, (I didn’t see it happen but I assume) they bumped up against one and knocked it out (which allowed all the water in my buckets to drain out.). I screwed in another one and was back in business, but a couple of days later it happened again. That’s when I realized I had them placed too low. I had the nipples about 4" off the floor but the directions on the product page say to place them just above their head height. Once I did that, they never knocked any off. (I still think they come loose too easy, but they do work.)
2) Screwing them in has to be done just right. It took me trial and error and wasting a few to get the knack of it. You have to provide a medium consistent pressure as you screw them in place, and stop turning just at the right time or they will strip out. Once they strip out, or if you screw one in and unscrew it, I find that they are useless (they either won’t stay in at all, or leak badly). So I would order a bunch of extras for replacements. I order 20 at a time.
Now that I have the knack, I can consistently get them to make a good seal, and by installing the nipples higher, the heavy broilers can’t knock them loose, so albeit there was a learning curve (which I hope I have saved you from now) I am very happy with them. For price and flexibility of installation, dryer bedding and less waste, they are a winner.
Gilbert C from Mississippi
The product was great, great price, wonderful customer service. The problem occurred with USPS, and I understand that is nothing you can do anything about. USPS has continued to disappoint with their shipping practices.
Mark V from Iowa
I tried this product on laying hens about 9 months of age. I called into Premier prior to ordering to ask if the drip catch nipples could be used, connected to the average water line. With an affirmative answer, I purchased and installed the nipples. By the second day a drop in feed consumption was noticed, no eggs the morning of the third day, so other water was made available which the hens quickly drank. My view is that the nipple is just too hard to push or peck to get water under a waterline pressure of 35 lbs or more.