The Correct Height For Poultry Nipple Chicken Waterers
Poultry nipples, such as the ones shown on the waterer below, can be used to provide water to chicks from the day they hatch. However, the height of the waterer should be adjusted as the bird matures.
For chicks that are 1-5 days old, the stem of the poultry nipple should be placed at eye-level. While the exact height will depend upon the breed, the stem will be approximately 4 inches above the ground on day 1, and 6 inches above the ground on day 5.
From day 5 through day 28 (4 weeks old), the stem of the poultry nipple should be placed just above eye level. Again, chicken owners should continue to raise the waterer every 4-7 days, or as needed to keep the stem of the nipple at the correct height. For a typical breed, this means that the nipple height will be increased from about 7 inches above the ground on day 5 to about 13 inches above the ground on day 28.
After day 29, the stem of the poultry nipple should be placed above the head of the bird so that it needs to stretch slightly in order to drink from the poultry nipple. Poultry owners should continue raising the waterer to achieve this correct height until the birds reach full maturity. At that point the stem of the poultry nipple is likely to be 18-24 inches above the ground.
For flock owners, here are the dimensions of some common objects that can be used to raise the waterer to the proper height.
Using these objects alone or in combination with each other, you can raise the waterer to the right height for your flock.