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Can waterers cause wet litter???

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Our chicken floor is really damp even wet so much.

 

Sometimes people say it could be diarrhea but I keep asking my chicken house worker if the poop is wet and he says it is fine. I don't know if the space is sufficient. They like to crowd closer to the door to wait for food all touching each other yet there is other space they could go to. So don't know if it could just be regular pee/poo but just because so many wait in one area.

 

When I look at the chicken they seem fine to me.

 

I did notice that by the waterers it was really wet. Like even a big puddle by one. These are the traditional type waterers directly on the ground.

 

I read waterers can leak but could the birds be partially causing the problem by bumping into them or sloshing the water around somehow?

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Originally Posted by cammartinez View Post

Our chicken floor is really damp even wet so much.

Sometimes people say it could be diarrhea but I keep asking my chicken house worker if the poop is wet and he says it is fine. I don't know if the space is sufficient. They like to crowd closer to the door to wait for food all touching each other yet there is other space they could go to. So don't know if it could just be regular pee/poo but just because so many wait in one area.

When I look at the chicken they seem fine to me.

I did notice that by the waterers it was really wet. Like even a big puddle by one. These are the traditional type waterers directly on the ground.

I read waterers can leak but could the birds be partially causing the problem by bumping into them or sloshing the water around somehow?

Yes. I put my waterers on a raised wood platform which has helped a great deal.
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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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post #4 of 7
We use regular wateres. We have them up on bricks to keep the bedding out of the water and from getting tipped over. I think it's a pretty safe bet the problem is the wateres and not diarrhea.
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2 Buff Orpingtons, 4 Black Sex Links,. 1 Golden Retriever, 1 "old man" cat and 2 Betta.
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So a regular block would work? My worker was thinking we needed to get some special stand made to get the waterer off the ground.

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Can you hang the waterers from the cieling?

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"Where there is animal worship, there is human sacrifice." - G.K. Chesterton

 

 "What we achieve too easily, we esteem too lightly." - Thomas Burke

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Can you hang the waterers from the cieling?

Yes, as long as they are stable.

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