Side mount, drip-free watering nipples
Horizontal poultry nipple
These are the same revolutionary, horizontal watering nipples that come on our drip-free drinkers, designed for birds eight days and up. They're exclusively imported into this country from Europe by the manufacturer of our drinkers.
What sets them apart from inexpensive vertical nipples you'll see out there: they don't drip(!), and, because no water is stored in the nipple unit even when your bucket or drinker is full of water, they won't freeze during the winter.
What sets them apart from inexpensive horizontal nipples you'll find elsewhere: these are super heavy duty! They were originally created for weasel farms to withstand gnarly teeth and rascally personalities. The plastic is super high density, and the nipple won't break. Our supplier has had these in use in her own flock for six years, and they've never failed. Yes, these are pricier than other nipples you may find... but in this case, you get what you pay for.
Please keep in mind that as a result of this product's extra strength, it's not suitable for chicks their first week of life. They're just not strong enough to depress the nipple.
A benefit of using nipple drinkers vs. traditional tray-based watering systems is that you also have the option to place your chosen waterer on the ground, rather than hang it--a big bonus for many of you who have coops or runs that can't accommodate the weight of hanging systems.
To train your chickens on this type of nipple, we suggest tapping on each nipple so that water
fills the reservoir. Chickens will note the water and get the idea, pecking at the stainless steel pin which will release more water.
It may take a day or so of several attempts for them to fully understand. (It may also help to put sweet jam or jelly onto the nipples, to encourage pecking!) It is very important
to take all other water sources out during this time.
Complete installation instructions are included with your purchase. You will need to use an 11/32" drill bit to drill holes in your preferred bucket. Alternately, you might choose the all-in-one drinker units. They use these same nipples, and they're designed to accept our de-icer to keep your water from freezing, even in the coldest temps!
Note: The manufacturer recommends screwing the nipples in only 80% of the way. The flange does not need to be secured flush with the bucket.