Chicken Waterer Nipple Installation Guide

For anyone looking to make their own homemade chicken waterer system, the following is a chicken waterer nipple installation guide.  You can complete the entire system for less than $20 and about 15 minutes of your time.

Items Needed:

1. Chicken waterer nipples:  Purchase Them Here  (These are the best ones we have found that work well and DO NOT leak like many others do)

2.  A 5 gallon pail or bucket.  You can also use PVC pipe.

3.  Thread Tape

4.  A drill with a 3/8 inch drill bit


Let’s get started.

Step 1:  Take the pail and drill a hole in the bottom using a 3/8 inch drill bit.  You will want to use a slower drill speed, especially if you are using a pail that is not very thick.

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Step 2:  Grab your chicken nipples and wrap some thread tape around the threads to ensure a tighter seal that will not leak.  You can get thread tape at about any hardware store in the plumbing section of the store.  Wrap the tape around the threads 2-3 times.

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Step 3:  Take the chicken waterer nipple and screw it into the hole you made with the drill.  You want to be certain you screw it in completely in order to get a good seal that won’t leak.

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Step 4:  Repeat the same process to install the remaining chicken feeder nipples into the bucket.  Space them out evenly around the bucket using 3-5 nipples.

Step 5:  Hang the bucket in your preferred place in your chicken coop or pen, add water to the bucket, and place a cover over it to keep the water clean.

That’s it!  You now have a clean water source for your chickens or poultry that allows them to get water whenever they like.  It is recommended that you have 1 chicken waterering nipple for every 2-3 chicken.

If you are looking for a simple solution to create your own DIY chicken waterer then this is perfect for you.  Just follow the chicken waterer nipple installation steps above and you are all set.