I’m feeling super crummy today. I have a broody bantam Orpington that was raising five baby bantam chicks for me (three D’anvers and two “frizzles), but I lost one early this morning due to my negligence. We’ve been having extremely warm weather, and I’m not sure what I was thinking yesterday when I filled all the water containers throughout my yard, but I went ahead and filled one of the large water bowls as well that sits just outside of the coop.
I walked outside this morning to gather eggs, and one of the baby frizzles had drowned in the water bowl. I’m upset at myself for not even thinking about the possibility when I filled the bowl up with water yesterday. I’ve been beating myself up about it so far today, pretty sad about losing the little 3-week old chick.
So, I guess I’m posting this to vent and to remind any of you in a similar situation to just be aware of how dangerous open water bowls can be when you have baby chicks around, especially bantams (they’re so tiny).
Even more upset at myself, because the bowl is about 6” high, but I’ve noticed the chicks have been growing into their “jumping” phase the past couple of days: finally jumping up the deck stairs and onto the edge of blocks and things. Clearly, the baby thought there was something yummy in the bowl and jumped right in…
Have any of you had similar experiences? It’s so much harder to get over when I know it’s completely my fault. =(
NEVER again. I am going to be so much more careful now when chicks are in the yard.