The Brooder Bottle nipple waterer is ideal for keeping your backyard chicks healthy and hydrated. It comes with everything you need to hang it right in their brooder.
Your Brooder Bottle chick drinker comes with a mounting cage, backing plate, and screws to attach it to the wall of your brooder. Just fill and hang!
Order your Brooder Bottle poultry nipple waterer here!
20 fl. oz., Frosted Clear
with lid, holder, backing plate, and screws
- IN STOCK - SHIPS FREE
Brooder Bottles are currently available in the U.S. only. See our return policy below.
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DELIVERY TIME: Waterers ship via USPS First Class Mail. Please allow 1-2 days for processing and 2-3 days for delivery.
What you get.
nipple waterer for chicks
Includes holder, screws, and a hardwood backing plate for attaching to a wire, cardboard, or plastic wall.
Chick's-eye view showing
nipple from below.
» FDA-approved, fully recyclable plastic containers. Made in the USA.
The Brooder Bottle is made of BPA-free LDPE plastic.
» Durable stainless-steel nipple
The push-in style nipple has a stainless-steel mechanism within a hard-plastic outer casing. It's fitted into the container with a silicone grommet for a tight, long-lasting seal. The Brooder Bottle has one nipple pre-installed. A single nipple is adequate for around 10-15 chicks, so your birds can keep themselves well hydrated.
» Recloseable lid
The screw off lid protects the water from being soiled while hanging in your brooder. And the spout on the lid serves as an anti-vacuum air hole. Simply leave it open when in use.
» Cage mount for hanging
The Brooder Bottle comes with a holder so you can suspend it in your brooder or coop. (Yes, that's a bicycle water bottle cage — it works perfectly!) We include two 3/4" screws for mounting and a small hardwood backing plate, predrilled to receive the screws. This is for mounting onto a wire cage or cardboard or plastic surface.
» Instruction sheet
Not that it's hard to figure out, but we include basic instructions and tips so that you can be sure you're doing it right. We also include information on how to return/exchange an item should it arrive damaged.
Questions about the Brooder Bottle poultry waterer:
How do poultry nipples work?
Poultry nipples are a simple device used extensively in commercial poultry operations and more and more today in backyard coops. When a chicken pecks at the metal pin from any direction, this opens the flow of water enough for a few drop to trickle out, right into its mouth. There's less waste and no evaporation, which means more water for your flock.
Will my chickens learn to drink from the nipple?
Most chickens figure it out on their own within minutes. Chicks will peck at anything, and the red plastic casing especially draws their attention. Once they notice that water flows from the nipple, they're trained. (For more tips, check out the comments thread on this post.)
Chicks can be started on nipples in the first few days after hatching, but if you bought your chicks at a store or by mail order, please allow them a day or two with a dish waterer first to make sure they are fully recovered from the stress of their journey.
The trick is gathering the right food-safe bottle, lid, nipple, drill bit, mounting cage, and so on to put together what you want. (You might also want to buy a spare container in case you make a mistake drilling the hole.) Add up the costs for materials and shipping on mail order items to see if it's worth it for you.
Or buy one of our ready-to-use chick waterers. We've streamlined the process by buying the parts in bulk and assembling it all for you!
If you decide to go the DIY route, the poultry nipples we sell are the same ones we use to make our waterers. Some basic instructions are on that product page.
The Brooder Bottle holder attaches to the wall of your brooder (or through it to the backing plate), whether it's a wire cage, a wooden brooder, or a cardboard box. Mount it away from your heat source.
How high should I hang my nipple waterer?
Hang your Brooder Bottle so that the nipple is just above your chickens' heads. If you can't get it quite that high, a little lower will be fine. Chickens have to raise their necks to swallow. One of the nice things about this kind of waterer is that you can position the water above their heads, so it trickles right into their mouths when they drink.
If you have chickens of different heights sharing a single waterer, position it at the height that's best for your tallest bird. Then provide a platform (a wood block will do) for the smaller birds to stand on to reach the nipple.
What are the dimensions of the Brooder Bottle drinker?
The Brooder Bottle has a capacity of just over 20 fluid ounces and measures 3" in diameter and 9.25" from the top of the spout to the bottom of the nipple. Ideally, you would leave at least 2–3" of clearance above for removing and inserting the bottle into the holder, but this can also be managed with no extra clearance by twisting the bottle out to the side.
Do you sell the nipples, bottles, lids, or cage mount separately?
We only sell the poultry nipples separately (in packs of 5 and 10). These are the same push-in style nipples we use to make all of our waterers. They are made of quality stainless steel parts inside a durable, hard, red plastic casing, and they're sealed with a long-lasting silicone grommet. Made in China.
Is it safe to add a little apple cider vinegar in these waterers?
While vinegar can corrode standard metal waterers, it will not damage the food-grade plastic of our containers. It may, however, corrode the stainless-steel mechanism within the nipple after a few years of frequent use. If this happens, you can always purchase a set of our push-in nipples to replace it with — it's easy to remove and install.
What is your return policy?
Please open and inspect your items right away! In the event that your item arrives damaged, you must let us know by email within three (3) business days of receipt. Attach a photo to your email clearly showing the extent of the damage and how it renders the item unusable. We will either replace the damaged part or the entire item or issue you a full refund.
If you are simply not satisfied with your item, you may return it to us in new condition within 30 days of purchase for a refund of the purchase price (shipping costs are not refundable). You are responsible for return shipping costs. Email us first to let us know that you would like to make a return, and we'll send you further instructions. We'll issue your refund once we have received your item.
We ship our Brooder Bottles via USPS First Class Mail, so allow 1–2 days for processing and 2–3 days for delivery.
Do you ship outside of the U.S.?
Please visit our Etsy shop to purchase poultry nipples and waterers internationally. Our website only handles orders shipped within the U.S. at this time. Our chicken coop plans, on the other hand, may be purchased here internationally.
Check out the comments thread on this post. Feel free to add a question there or just email us.