Our push-in poultry nipples make it easy for you to create your own chicken waterer or watering system.
Poop-free water. Less waste. Less work.
With poultry nipples, the water that goes into your chickens' drinker is the water that comes out. Insert them into bottles, buckets, or PVC pipe for clean water — and less waste than with an open waterer.
Order your poultry waterer nipples here!
Poultry Nipples, Pack of 5 push-in style with grommet
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Our poultry nipples are currently available in the U.S. only. See our return policy below.
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DELIVERY TIME: Poultry nipples ship via USPS First Class Mail. Please allow 1-2 days for processing and 2-3 days for delivery.
What you get.
» Durable stainless-steel nipples.
These push-in style nipples have a stainless-steel mechanism within a hard-plastic outer casing. They fit into your container or tubing with a silicone grommet for a tight, long-lasting seal. Each nipple is adequate for around 10-15 chicks or chickens, so all your birds can keep themselves well hydrated.
» 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 installing the poultry nipples correctly. We also include information on how to return/exchange an item should it arrive damaged.
Questions about our poultry waterer/drinker nipples:
How do poultry nipples work?
The poultry nipple is 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 the chicken's mouth. There's less waste and no evaporation, which means more water for your flock.
The nipples we sell are meant for gravity-fed systems — working pressure at or below 1 psi. (For reference, normal house water pressure is 30–80 psi, so do not hook your system up to a garden hose without also using a pressure regulator.) Also, the nipples must be mounted vertically. They will leak if you mount them horizontally.
Will my chickens learn to drink from the nipples?
Most 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?
You can look at our pre-made waterers for reference. Our Brooder Bottle is intended for a brood of up to ten 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 on the drilling.)
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.
Hang it 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 chicks or 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.
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!).
With a bucket waterer, freezing is most easily solved by using a submersible birdbath heater (see our Buyer's Guide). It's what we use with our flock, and customers have also reported success with this method for years. Note that the solution likely works better with a deeper waterer (3.5 gallons or more), as the heater needs to stay below the water line to function.
If you prefer to go the "unplugged" route, our best advice is to:
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.
Bring the waterer inside your home on freezing nights and back out in the morning.
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?
These nipples are intended for gravity-fed systems, so if you plan to connect your system to your household water supply (typically 30–80 psi), you will need to use a pressure regulator to bring the pressure down to below 1 psi.
Do you sell the nipples, bottles, buckets, lids, or hooks separately?
We only sell the poultry nipples separately (in packs of 5). 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.
How do you install the nipples to make a DIY waterer?
You should be able to find tutorials online that are specific to the type of waterer you want to make, but the push-in nipples are really quite easy to use. People commonly insert them into bottle caps, buckets, and PVC pipe. Here's a quick how-to:
» Use a 3/8" or 13/32" drill bit to make a clean hole (no burrs or nicks) in your tubing or container. Either bit size should work for a container made of HDPE or similarly pliable plastic. I prefer 3/8" for a more snug fit. Use the larger diameter bit (13/32") for PVC tubing or other rigid/thicker material.
» The nipples must be mounted vertically. They will leak if you mount them horizontally.
» Insert the grommet first, then the nipple, pushing from the bottom (outside) of your container in. A couple tips: Moistening the nipple helps it go in easier. And using a socket (from a socket wrench set) to hold the nipple makes it easier to insert. A 7/16" socket is a good size. Push straight and turn gently side to side, being careful not to stress/tear the grommet. If this is your first time installing these, you may want to order a couple extra in case you make a mistake. We do not supply replacement grommets.
» If you are going to seal your container, be sure to create a separate hole near the top (above the water line) so that air can enter as the water goes out.
Is it safe to add a little apple cider vinegar in these waterers?
While vinegar can corrode standard metal waterers, it will not damage food-grade plastic, so choose your container accordingly. 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 replacement set — 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.
Poultry nipples ship USPS First Class, so please allow 1-2 business days for processing and 2-3 days for delivery.
Do you ship outside of the U.S.?
Please visit our Etsy shop to purchase our 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.