so special about the Avian Aqua Miser?
used to be our
least favorite part of chicken care. As we pulled our chicken
tractors over uneven ground, watering containers would tilt and drain
dry leaving our chickens thirsty on hot summer days. Our chickens
pooped in the waterer reservoirs and on top of the handles --- nasty
for us and them! The Avian Aqua Miser solved
all of our problems. Our hens now get to drink nearly unlimited
clean water! Plus, in the summer we can pamper our hens by
putting ice cubes in the Avian Aqua Miser for hours of cool drinks.
does my chicken drink out of the Avian Aqua Miser?
at the bottom
of your Avian Aqua Miser is designed to release water from the
touched. Your chickens will quickly learn to peck and lick at the
nipple because of their attraction to the color red. If they
don't catch on right away, poke the nipple a few times with
letting the water drip out onto the ground, and your chickens will soon
figure it out. Instructions that ship with your waterer will give
you a more detailed approach which works for recalcitrant hens.
Our hens figured out the nipple in less than five
many Avian Aqua Misers do I need?
drinks 100 mL of water (a little less than half a cup) on a cool day,
but can drink three times that or
more on a hot summer day. Older chickens also tend to drink
considerably more water than younger birds. Since the pre-made Avian
Miser holds 2,000 mL of
water (about half a gallon), we recommend purchasing one unit for every
five hens. Buy
an extra if you want to be able to go out of town for the
Folks with large flocks have had good luck
buying our DIY
kits and installing the nipples in the bottom
of a five gallon bucket, or using one of the innovative designs we
highlight on the CD that ships with each kit. If you use a large
enough reservoir, you only have to make sure your chickens don't fight
over the nipples --- provide at least one nipple for every 17
birds. If you have one mean hen, it can be handy to provide two
different waterers on opposite sides of their living area, and I like
keeping a spare waterer around in case I need to isolate a sick or
should I hang my Avian
The Avian Aqua Miser should be hung so that the base is approximately
inches above the ground. (We sometimes recommend hanging them
lower for the first day so that your chickens are sure to notice
them.) We've hung premade waterers from the top of chicken
tractors, mounted them on the side of brooder walls, and used many different
techniques to mount bucket waterers. The attached hanger
makes it easy to hang your Avian Aqua Miser from just about any
surface; it's flexible and can be bent a few times if you need the hook
to face in the other direction.
I care for my Avian
Aqua Misers require very little care. Rinse every few weeks with
warm water and your chickens will be drinking clean water all day long!
Does the Avian Aqua
Miser work in the
The Avian Aqua Miser shouldn't be frozen, so we recommend taking it in
on winter evenings then putting the refilled waterer out the next
morning. On extremely cold days, you may need to swap your cold
unit out for one full of warm water during the day.
Alternatively, our do it yourself kits come with tips for building heated
chicken waterers that make winter care even easier.
Avian Aqua Miser's plastic container safe for my birds to drink
We use food-grade plastic in our Avian Aqua Misers to protect your
chickens' health. However, adding vinegar to the water could
cause the plastic to degrade.
Why haven't I
seen anything like
The Avian Aqua Miser is based on the method big chicken farms
use to water their birds. On the industrial farms, multiple
nipples are attached to a long hose so that each bird has a way to
drink clean water in its own cage with no spillage.
Unfortunately, the hose setup is hard to carry over to the backyard
chicken operation since many nipples require high water pressure to
work. We developed the Avian Aqua Miser to be the best of both
worlds --- clean, fresh water for your chickens to drink, but no hoses
to drag behind your tractor or clutter up your yard.
Avian Aqua Miser work
ducks? Geese? Turkeys? Quail?
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Yes to all of the above! We've had reports that our waterers work
perfectly for ducks,
pigeons, turkeys, guineas,
and even rabbits.
However, ducks should also be given a wading pool or other body of
water to swim in (or at least to clean their eyes).
You may need to
mount your waterer higher or lower than the height listed in the
instructions depending on your birds' stature --- the goal is to have
your birds reach up to the nipple in the bottom of the waterer, but not
to have to strain to reach it. Your birds may also drink more or
less than the amount listed above depending on their size --- use your
common sense and assume a full grown turkey drinks a lot more than a
How will I
get my ebooks?
All orders come with bonus
ebooks and videos. These files will ship on a CD in pdf
format. You will need to open these files with your computer, not
with a CD player.