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Buying a Chicken Drinker · What you Need to Know

What is the best Chicken Drinker

We have worked with customers for almost 10 years to help them select the Best Poutrly Hydration System for their needs. The majority of our customers are Backyard Chicken Keepers so their needs differ from Commercial Farms. 

When choosing the Best Chicken Water System it is important to consider: 

  • How Many Birds do you have
  • How Much space in the coop or run.
  • How much shade is available
  • The design of the Coop
  • Access to a water source such as Tap or Hose
  • Where do the Hens spend their time in the hottest part of the day

Our Expert Advice and Answers to Frequently Asked Questions below should help you identify which Dine a Chook Chicken Drinker is most suitable. If you need more information simply call us during business hours.  

What are Chicken Lubing Cups?

Lubing Cups are a German-made water delivery system made for poultry. They are world-leaders for poultry hydration for commercial farms and also domestic keepers. Lubing Cups provide on-demand access to fresh water. They also help reduce contamination by dirt and feed compared to traditional watering systems.

As well, Lubing Cups may discourage other animals that bring contamination and disease from using your chicken drinker.

After receiving Feedback from our Customers we have identified a flaw. Convential Lubing Cups often appear dry. So we reinvented the wheel. Made in Australia by Dine A Chook, we have redesigned a better, more improved Float for the Drink Cup. This allows more water into the cup. And guess what, it's free. That's right, we give you a free upgrade and add in our float to your purchase of any Lubing Cup for free. 



How many Chicken Drinkers do I need?

Dine A Chook Chicken Drinkers come in Single Cup, Twin Cup and Four Cup Design. Only one chicken can use a drinking cup at any time. This is normally ample for a flock of 8 or less. Remember you really can not have too much water. 

When choosing the Best Chicken Water System it is important to consider: 

About the Hens

  •  How many Birds do you have
  • The Breed - The larger the Bird the more water it needs

About the Coup

  • How much space is available for Birds to move

  • Can Birds easily access the Watering Cup

  • How much shade is there

  • Where do the Chickens spend the hottest part of the day? Is there adequate shelter

About the Climate

  • How hot does it get in the peak hours of the day


We recommend Two Drinkers placed in two locations for every 8 Chickens regardless of size of space. This ensures adequate hydration of your Birds. If space is restrictive for the Chickens, then it is essential to have two cups for every 8 birds.

As a rule of thumb, a chicken drinks up to 500ml per day of water. Therefore a 4 litre drinker shall contain enough water for two birds for four days. Even if you have a large run or when summer is hot, it is better for your Birds to have more access to water than less. Two Watering Cups can be the difference between, dehydration, life and death on hot summer days. 

Based on the size of your flock (using the 8 bird principle) we suggest installing a 4 litre Chicken Waterer (with one or two Lubing Cups) in two locations in your coup. 


  • Where the Chickens Roost Overnight
  • Wherever the Chickens spend the hottest part of their day. 


Do Dine a Chook Chicken Drinkers leak?

Dine a Chook Chicken Drinkers snap together for a leak-free waterer. This in turn means your chicken coop shall be nice and dry. The no-drip Lubing Cup delivery system is engineered to keep water in the cup and off the floor. Should your cup leak in time, it is an easily resolved problem . This is usually caused by the water quality that it used. In a commercial environment, all water is filtered for suspended water contaminants. This affects how the nipple value within the cup functions.  Give all cups a good clean every few months with hot, warm soapy water.


See our How to Clean a Chicken Drinker page for detailed instructions on how to disassemble and reassemble your Chicken Lubing Cup so its as good as new. 


It is not necessary to go to this extent. By removing the Nipple valve as shown further down, a simple rinse in warm, soapy water is all that is required. Reassembly is also very simple, just make sure you clip the valve back in correctly and spin it gently with two fingers to ensure it operating freely.


Can I use a Dine a Chook Chicken Drinker for other poultry?

Our Chicken Drinkers fitted with Lubing Cups are suitable for chickens, turkeys, guinea fowl and aviary birds.

Ducks, geese and other water fowl can use Dine a Chook Chicken Drinkers. However, they have a tendency to foul the Lubing Cups more quickly and as such a Chicken Drinker fitted with nipples is preferred by many of our customers. 





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