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Buying a Dine a Chook Chicken Drinker | What you should know | Dine a Chook

How to choose the best Chicken Drinker for your flock

I have been working with clients for over 8 years in order to help them choose the best poultry hydration system for their chicken coop. Although the majority of our customers are backyard chicken keepers, their needs vary greatly.

When choosing the best chicken waterer system, it is important to think about:

  • How many birds you have in your flock

  • How much space your chickens have

  • The amount of shade/shelter available to your chickens

  • The design of your chicken coop

  • Access to a water source such as a tap or hose

  • Where birds like to spend their time, in particular during the hottest part of the day

  • How often you wish to refill your waterer


Our answers to Frequently Asked Questions below should help you identify which Dine a Chook Chicken Drinker is most suitable for installation in your chicken coop. We are committed to providing the highest standard of customer service so if you would like a personalized recommendation, please contact us through the website.


What are Lubing Cups?

Lubing Cups are a German-made water delivery system specifically for poultry. They are the world-leaders for poultry hydration on both a commercial and domestic scale. Lubing Cups provide on-demand access to fresh water and are designed to reduce contamination by dirt and feed in comparison to traditional watering systems.

Additionally, Lubing Cups may discourage other animals that bring contamination and disease, such as pest birds and rodents, from using your chicken drinker.

Through experimentation, we have found that the one flaw with conventional Lubing Cups is that they usually appear dry. We up-grade all Lubing Cups with our Australian-made Dine a Chook float that allows more water into the cup, and seems to be preferred by chickens, ensuring that our drinkers will never run dry while there is water available.



Lubing Poultry Drinkers. German-made and up-graded with an exclusive Dine a Chook Float. Your Chicken Drinker will never run dry.


How many drinking cups do I need?

Only one chicken can use a drinking cup at a time, which works well as birds are unlikely to be thirsty all at once.

Generally, we recommend 1 (one) drinking cup for every 8 birds where they have ample room to move around. If your coop is very small or birds do not free range, it is best to make 2 (two) cups available for every 8 birds.

Dine a Chook Chicken Drinkers are available in Single Cup, Twin Cup and Four cup designs to suit flocks of all sizes.


How many Chicken Drinkers do I need?

The number of Chicken Drinkers that you need will depend on:

  • The number of birds in your flock
  • The amount of water your birds consume
  • The arrangement of your chicken run and climate

Dine a Chook Chicken Drinkers come in one size only, equipped with Single or Twin Lubing Cups to service 8 and 16 chickens, respectively.

As a general guide, a chicken consumers about 500 ml of water per day, so a full 4 Litre Drinker will contain enough water for 2 birds for 4 days, or 8 birds for 1 day. Of course, water consumption will vary according to breed, diet and weather.

In the majority of cases, even when you have a small flock, we recommend a minimum of 2 Dine A Chook Chicken Drinkers. It is better for chickens to have access to water in two locations, in particular where they have a large run or where summers are hot. Having two waterers can be the difference between dehydration and health on hot summer days.

We suggest installing a 4 Litre Chicken Waterer (with one or two Lubing Cups depending on the size of your flock – see above) in two locations in your chicken coop:

  • Where chickens roost overnight
  • Wherever chickens spend the hottest part of the day.


Do Dine a Chook Chicken Drinkers leak?

Dine a Chook Chicken Drinkers snap together for a leak-free waterer that will keep your chicken coop clean and dry. The no-drip Lubing Cup delivery system is engineered to keep water in the cup and off the floor, even with the thirstiest poultry! Should your cup leak at some point in time, it is an easily resolved problem and is undoubtedly caused by the water quality that it used. In a commercial environment, all water is filtered for suspended water contaminants which at some point will affect how the nipple valve within the cup functions. However, this is very simple to correct. My suggestion is to give all cups a good clean every few months to ensure that they function well at all times.

You will notice from the image below that the Lubing cups may be completely disassembled for a thorough cleaning.


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.