This five gallon nipple waterer is our favorite type of waterer, bar none. Bucket waterers with
horizontal nipples resolve all the most common
problems, resulting in drip-free, mess-free, freeze-free
watering solution that we are proud to offer. Plus, the included
No-Roost Cone is essential for keeping your favorite knuckleheads from roosting
(and pooping) all over the water.
Best design for cold weather
The unique, horizontal nipple design won't drip. Say goodbye to icy mounds under your water
in winter! The bucket is American-made, food-safe, and UV-resistant, and
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 a big savings, or purchase later)
to eliminate the hassle of lugging waterers in and out of the house day
and night all winter long. Due to the
unique nipple design that doesn't "hold" water, even in temps well below
freezing, your chickens will be sittin' pretty.
Two styles to choose from
The "Center" style
has two nipples on each side 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 four sides.
The "Corner" style
bucket has two nipples each, on just two sides of the bucket (4 holes on 2
Whichever style you choose, both come with a bag of instructions, 5 red nipples (an extra for "just in case"), an
installation helper and a white caplug, plus a red lid with a hole for
the white caplug.
For flocks of up to 30
This five-gallon waterer contains six nipples, and each nipple accommodates up to five hens, so we recommend this size waterer for flocks of up to twenty-five to thirty chickens. If that's overkill for you, we offer the smaller 2 gallon, four nipple drinker
--or you can purchase the nipples separately
and attach them to your own system!
Summer Watering Cups option
In the summer, your flock could appreciate you swapping the horizontal nipples for our auto-filling cups
They fit the pre-existing holes exactly; just unscrew the horizontal
nipples and replace them with the cups. These cups auto-fill, allowing
easier access to water on the hottest days. Your flock will also love
being able to dip their wattles in the water to cool down! Finally,
these cups are a wonderful choice for waterfowl
of all types.
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 it every few weeks or so. 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 inside the coop, and you'll have to clean it less!)
Training your flock
To get chickens started using the nipples we suggest tapping on each nipple so that water
fills the reservoir which chicken’s will see and they will drink. They
will then peck at the stainless steel pin which will release more water.
If chickens have a difficult time figuring it out we suggest putting
any kind of sweet jam or jelly onto the nipples. It is very important
to take all other water sources out during this time.
Some assembly is required. The buckets come with holes pre-drilled, so all you do is screw in the nipples. 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.
While the bucket does have a handle for carrying, the manufacturer doesn't recommend hanging it by the handle when full of water. It's better to raise it up on a platform, such as a cinder block or upturned flower pot.
Dimensions: 10" x 12" x 14" high; 18.5" high with the no-roost cone
Weight: 2.8 lbsNo-Roost Cones
may be white or red, depending on what we have in stock.