By Frank Hyman, Author of Hentopia: Create Hassle-Free Habitat for Happy Chickens | Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018 –

Chickens drinking from watering nipples, attached to a 5-gallon bucket. Credit: Frank Hyman.

Water, water everywhere, but not a drop in the hen pen that’s fit to drink because it’s often mucked up with dirt, debris, or chicken poop. Yuck! Theoretically, keeping chickens can be a lot of fun. It can also be rich in drudgery. I’ve found that providing clean water is one of the lowest maintenance parts of your chicken adventure.

My wife, Chris, was the one who wanted chickens. I wanted the least possible hassle. When it came to watering, I searched the web, plowed through books on coops, and attended local Coop Loops. The result? I found two practices that now make up our hassle-free watering system.