5 Gal Bucket Waterer with Nipples & Cups (up to 25 chickens)
We love this waterer for all types of fowl! It's our favorite type yet, bar none.
- Two styles to choose from including a center and corner cup/nipple mount. (Look at the captions on the images, above, to see the difference between the two styles.) Pick which style works best for your coop set up.
It comes standard with both auto-filling cups and our special, freeze-free nipples, so you can change them out when the seasons change.
- Recommend for flocks of up to twenty-five chickens.
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Made in America and safe for your flock
The bucket is American-made, food-safe, and UV-resistant. You can feel confident about the safety and health of your flock.
- Bucket Dimensions: 10" x 12" x 14" high
- Height with the cone: 18.5"
Best design for cold weather
- No-Roost Cones: May be white or red
This is one of the best designs for winter weather and resolves all the most common problems, resulting in a drip-free, mess-free, freeze-free watering solution that we are proud to offer. It will make caring for your chickens in the winter easier and eliminate the need to lug waterers in and out of the house all winter long. Its lid is designed to fit a hose, and to accommodate a bucket waterer de-icer (which you can add on to your purchase in the pull-down menu, above, for big savings, or purchase later
The simple, low-wattage water heater will keep up to 5 gallons of water ice-free, using only 80 watts! It is thermostatically controlled, which means it will only kick "on" if needed. The heater arrives with a cord safety clip to keep the cord secure and out of the way. It’s best to use the nipples with washers, as provided, during the winter months. Due to the unique nipple design that doesn't "hold" water, even in temps well below freezing, your chickens will be sittin' pretty.
Best design for hot weather
This is one of the best designs for hot weather! Cups have an advantage over nipples in very hot climates, since they allow your birds to drink deeply rather than just get a few drops at a time. Cups also allow chickens to dip their wattles in the water. Evaporation off the wattles is one of the key ways chickens cool themselves.
Another great benefit of the cups is that they're easy for any type of fowl to use, including baby chicks, ducks, geese, game fowl, and more. The cups fill automatically every time your birds take a drink. There's no tab the birds need to learn to depress as you see on some other poultry watering cups.
Two bucket styles to choose from
The "Center" style has 2 holes for nipple or cups on opposite sides of the bucket. Choose this option if you plan to have your waterer in the middle of your coop or run, where birds can access all sides.
The "Corner" style
bucket has two holes for nipples or cups on two adjacent sides of the bucket.
Whichever style you choose, both come with a bag of instructions, 5 red nipples/5 cups (an extra for "just in case"), an
installation helper and a white cap-plug, plus a red lid with a hole for
the white cap plug.
Optional hanging strap
Need to hang your waterer? Choose the optional hanging strap and save 20% over buying separately! Set up takes less than one minute. Hang it to your desired height. (The waterer will need to be four inches off the ground, at a minimum, to accommodate the length of the cup.)
For flocks of up to 25
This five-gallon waterer contains 4 holes for nipples or cups and we recommend this for flocks of up to twenty-five chickens. (The more hens you have, the more frequently you'll have to fill the waterer.) If that's overkill for you, we offer the smaller 2-gallon bucket or you can purchase the nipples or cups separately and attach them to your own system!
Assembly & Placement
The manufacturer recommends screwing the nipples in only about 80% of the way, as the flange does not need to be secured fully flush with the bucket.
We recommend elevating the cups four inches off the ground, at a minimum, to accommodate the length of the cup.
We also recommend placing the nipples or cups so they are placed at shoulder height to your chickens.
Nipple waterers have long been favored for the ease of cleaning: there's no tray for dirty beaks to soak in! Dirtied water doesn't get pulled back into the container, so you'll only need to clean your waterer every few weeks or so.
The cups are easy to rinse out when debris settles at the bottom. To do so, turn the cups slightly upwards so you can empty out any dirty water or debris. Then turn them back in place so they fill up with fresh water. Check the cups daily to make sure they stay clean.
Due to the UV-resistant bucket, algae growth will be minimal to non-existent, depending on where you place the waterer. (In other words, put it in a shady spot, and you'll have to clean it less!)
Training your flock
To get chickens started using the nipples, we suggest tapping on each nipple to show your flock the water that comes out. They will then peck at the stainless steel pin, which will release more water. If chickens have a difficult time figuring it out, you might try putting some sweet jelly onto the nipples.
The cups require no training at all! Your chickens will easily learn to drink out of the cups all on their own.
It is very important to take all other water sources out during this time.