Chicken Nipples

I have always wondered if chicken’s had nipples, and now I know that there is such a thing.

Hard to spot aren’t they.  I think so as well.  Luckily there is no such thing on the actual hen.  So here are some cows nipples for those who thought they were duped!

Well I was not exactly telling porkies when I mentioned chook nipples, because the other day I bought some.  In fact, I liked the look of them so much that I bought two bags.  The bloke I got them from was also trying to sell me a bridge!

These so called chicken nipples are a commercial watering device that you clip on to 25mm pipe so that chooks can drink fresh water all day long.  Our chooks have a habit of mucking up their water and we have to change it twice a day, and can’t leave them for more than a day.  It works via gravity feed from a water barrel, and the hen puts her beak to the stainless steel tip and has a drink.  Nice and apparently it doesn’t take them long to figure it out.

Further big news.  I have a big chicken house construction underway that Kim, Ben and I started on the weekend just past, which I am not quite ready to show you all.  Suffice to say, it is going to be the Taj Mahal of hen houses, with its own sustainable water supply and secure enclosure for the large chooks.

I am so excited, and can’t wait to finish it this weekend, with just the roof and the wire to go!  Rock on Saturday.

Addendum: To see how I installed these in Cluckingham Palace click through to this post titled “Chicken Nipple Installation“.


  1. says

    We have the same problem with our chooks. Would like to hear how you went training yours to use the nipples.

    PS Keep up the great work Gavin :)

  2. says

    Hi! Glad I found your blog. I just got a set of chicken nipples, and installed them on a 5 gallon bucket (as recommended). Apparently, in the arena of “already stunningly stupid animals” mine must take the cake, because not one of the five could figure this thing out. I even put bits of strawberry on the nipples to entice them, but they knocked the bits straight off without sorting out the water itself. *headesk*

    I have a new cadre of younguns, and I’m hoping to train them to the nipples, and then maybe the older ones will figure it out by extension!

  3. says

    @ Sue, sounds like a clever cat! It shouldn’t be too hard for the chooks to figure it out, especially when the nipples have such a shiny little tip. They love shiny things!

    @ Darren. Looks like a great site. I bought mine from a Tassie company called Hatchers n Catchers. They were really prompt with the order and also have instructions on their sister site. Like minds and all!

    @ Sarhn, my pleasure. I am glad you got the joke!

    Gav x

  4. says

    I bought some chicken nipples from here:

    They work well. They also came with heaps of info on the best way to set them up and use them, how to introduce the flock to them, and additional chicken stuff like how to butcher a chicken.

    I haven’t had the time to fully set them up in all my cages yet, though. I need more hours in a day!

  5. sawn48 says

    If my cat can learn to drink from the bathtub drip,(he prefers really fresh water)surely the chooks can learn to drink from the nipples. (and,too,if they want water bad enough they’ll learn quickly)It is a chore checking all the water pans for the pets,in this heat we are having.

  6. says

    @ Dad, yes, I am building it in the big run out the back. Right next to the large house that we built. I think you will like our construction skills!


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