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Our 3.5-gallon chicken nipple waterers are ideal for backyard chickens and coops. They come ready to hang and use.

Your waterer arrives fully assembled with a lid and two pairs of hooks (see below). Just fill it, seal it, hang it, and let your chickens do the rest!


Order your 3.5-gallon chicken nipple waterer here!
Poultry Nipple Waterer for Chickens

Nipple Waterer, 3.5 Gal., Black
with lid, hooks & base



Our chicken waterers are currently available in the U.S. only. See our return policy below.

If you're using a PayPal account, please double-check the address you have on file, as that is where your items will be delivered by default. You will be responsible for shipping costs if we have to resend your items.

DELIVERY TIME: Waterers ship via USPS Priority Mail. Please allow 1-2 days for processing and 2-3 days for delivery.




What you get.

Eva tells you all about our chicken waterers in the video below, or you can read on for the details:



» FDA-approved, fully recyclable plastic bucket. Made in the USA.
Our poultry waterers are made of certified food-grade black HDPE plastic with strong metal handles for hanging. (See Questions below for why they're black.)


» Durable stainless-steel nipples
The 3.5-gallon chicken waterer has three push-in style nipples fitted into the bottom of the container with a silicone grommet for a tight, long-lasting seal. The poultry nipples have a stainless-steel mechanism encased within a hard-plastic outer casing. Each nipple is adequate for around 10–15 chicks or chickens to share, so your birds can keep themselves well hydrated.


» Recloseable lids
A removable lid protects the water from being soiled while hanging in your brooder, coop, or chicken yard.


Ceiling hooks let you hang your bucket waterer under the hen house.

Ceiling hooks (above) let you attach your waterer beneath the henhouse.

Wall-mount hooks (below) attach to a vertical surface. Click images to enlarge.

Hang your nipple waterer from a wall with these wall-mount hooks.

» Hooks or cage mount for hanging
Your chicken drinker come swith two pairs of hooks, so you can hang them anywhere. Ceiling hooks attach beneath a structure, screwing directly into the wood. Wall-mount hooks attach to the face of a wall and come with four 3/4" screws for attaching.


» Changing base
Because the nipples extend from the bottom of the waterer, you need a base to set it on when changing the water. We include a wood block with your chicken waterer for this purpose. You could also use a brick, cinder block, flower pot, or anything that elevates the base of the container an inch or more off the ground.


» 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.




See a nipple waterer in action. . .








Questions about our poultry waterers:


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 nipples?

3.5 Gallon Large Chicken Nipple Waterer DrinkerMost chickens figure it out on their own within minutes. Chickens will peck at anything, and the red plastic casing especially draws their attention. Once they notice that water flows from the nipples, 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.



Which size waterer is right for my flock?

This 1-gallon waterer is intended for four chickens or less, particularly if they're housed in a small coop like The Basic Coop or a mobile chicken tractor like The Garden Ark.

The 3.5-gallon waterer (this listing) is good for four to twenty chickens and larger coops like The Garden Coop and The Garden Loft.

If you're starting with new chicks, our Brooder Bottle is intended for a brood of up to ten chicks.

Obviously, the more chickens you have drinking from one container, the more frequently you'll have to refill it. And if you're in a hotter, drier climate, factor that in as well.


Can I Make My Own Nipple Waterer?

Yes! It's not difficult to make a nipple waterer, and there are several tutorials online, including one of our own on how to make a nipple waterer for your chicks.

The trick is gathering the right food-safe container, lid, nipples, drill bit, hooks, 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 holes.) 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 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.



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Where should I hang my waterer?

You can hang your chicken drinker from above or from a post or wall. You'll want to hang it out of full sun. Partial sun should be fine, but keep an eye on the temperature of the water from time to time. A bungee cord, chain, or rope is useful for adjusting the height as needed. Or you can set your waterer on a base. For your convenience, we ship two types of hooks with your order.

Though our waterers can work in any coop or run, the 3.5-gallon waterer hangs perfectly beneath the henhouse on The Garden Coop and The Garden Loft.



How high should I hang my nipple waterer?

Hang your poultry drinker so that the nipples are 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 nipples.


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Do I have to hang my waterer, or can I set it on top of something?

You do not have to hang the waterer. You could set it on a cinder block with the nipples to either side, or devise another raised platform for it instead.



How heavy will my chickens' waterer be when full?

Empty, the 3.5-gallon waterer weighs just under 2 pounds. Water weighs roughly 8 lbs. per gallon, so if you fill the container to capacity, you're looking at about 32 pounds. Keep in mind, if you are moving the waterer, you should not fill it beyond the point where you can comfortably lift and carry it.

The hooks we include with your waterer are more than strong enough to hold the weight when properly secured to a suitable support surface. The ceiling hooks are rated to hold up to 50 pounds each (100 lbs. for the pair). The wall-mount hooks are rated to hold 100 pounds each (200 lbs. for the pair).


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Why did you choose black buckets for making these chicken waterers?

The buckets we use are made of FDA-approved, food-grade HDPE (High Density Polyethylene). This is a versatile plastic with a variety of applications, and it's one of the few plastics that can be fully recycled.

Normally, HDPE has only fair UV resistance and will become brittle with extensive outdoor use. But with the black pigment added, the UV resistance of the material is greatly enhanced.

The black color also inhibits algae growth on the inside of the bucket, looks nicer (less noticeable) inside your coop, and serves as a good reminder to keep your waterer in the shade, where it belongs.

CAUTION: If you're going the DIY route, be aware that some black HDPE plastic is not food grade. Check with your particular supplier to be absolutely sure before you buy.



Are there other colors available?

No, not at this time.



What are the dimensions of the 3.5-gallon chicken drinker?

The 3.5-gallon waterer measures 17.5" from the top of the fully extended handle to bottom of the nipples. The bucket, with closed lid, measures 11" from top to bottom and has a diameter of 12".


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How do I keep the water from freezing during the winter months?

This is an issue with any type of unheated waterer, unfortunately, so take care that your waterer does not freeze solid, as damage could result to the nipples (and your chickens will get thirsty!).

Freezing is most easily solved by using a submersible birdbath heater (see our Buyer's Guide). Customers have reported success with these for years. This solution works great with our 3.5-gallon waterer. Just keep in mind that the heater needs to stay below the water line to function properly.

If you prefer to go the "unplugged" route, our best advice is to:

  1. Fill your waterer with warm water when you set it out. The thing you often hear about warm water freezing faster than cold water is not true, by the way.

  2. Bring the waterer inside your home on freezing nights and back out in the morning.

  3. Have multiple waterers so that you can alternate should one start to freeze midday.



Do I have to hook the waterer up to a hose or pressure regulator?

There are nipple watering systems that work like that, but this chicken waterer is gravity fed. So there are no hoses to hook up, and no water pressure changes to deal with. Just rinse out and refill the bucket when it's near empty.



Do you sell the nipples, bottles, buckets, lids, or hooks 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 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 mechanisms within the nipples after a few years of frequent use. If this happens, you can always purchase a set of our push-in nipples to replace them with — they are 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.


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How long does it take for delivery?

We ship our bucket waterers via USPS Priority 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.



Other questions?

Check out the comments thread on this post. Feel free to add a question there or just email us.






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