My two week old chicks are naturally "scratching" the wood shavings on the floor of their brooder . . . when they kick this into the waterer, it soaks up the water and the container is dry earlier than normal. (plus I've read that damp/wet litter is not good for new chicks). I placed it on a piece of 2x4, but they still somehow manage to get the chips in there.
I have seen newspapers on the bottoms of some brooders, but also read that this was a bad idea . . .
Thanks in advance