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Danz sharp eyes correct the pvc pipe is a nippled drinking the small contaier under the middle one is because we noticed it was dripping just a bit and wanted to see how much was actually dripping out before deciding what we,need to do it isn't going to stay in there. Yep got my big red feeder filled so just need to remove the litter lay down paper towels and add the roost. Thank you
I have never seen anyone use the drip waterers with new chicks. I'm not saying it won't work cause I am not sure. I would however show each chick where they are and toggle it for them so they have an idea. If you don't see them using them on their own then I would be prepared to put a quart sized waterer with a base in there for them. I hope someone else chimes in who have used these for chicks before. I have used them on older birds. I wasn't real happy with them though cause they did tend to leak if they were perfectly level. I started putting them in the bottom of plastic coffee cans and hanging them from the tops of cages for birds I had separated in a cage for one reason or the other. Works great for that.
I have never used a drip waterer for chicks either, let us know how that works. I have been using a gallon waterer in mine for as long as I've been raising chicks. I sure wouldn't want water dripping all over the shavings if it leaked since my brooders are wood. I have always used shavings right from the first day with my chicks & never have had any problems with them eating them. As long as they have chick starter in there they always go for that. I do have some non-slip textured shelf material in my hatching trays so the chicks have something to grip in there. They're really easy to clean off after the hatch is done.
Trashcraft good luck with the chicken decision, hopefully they will rule that you can keep your chickens. I'm so glad I don't live inside a town so I can have as many as I want. I think people should be able to have a few chickens in towns though, they're no more trouble than dogs & quieter in my opinion.
It rained a couple of times yesterday, I don't know how much rain we got. I hope it doesn't rain today because we have to go pick up a couple of livestock panels to make a transport cage for the back of our truck to take our lamb in to get him processed Thursday. This will be our first one we've taken. My son has one here that he's going to have processed but he's a bit behind on growth & size so hopefully after this one leaves the other one can jump in & eat his share. I sure didn't want either of them to be here all winter to feed.
Good luck on your sheep and yep in my wooden brooder box I put down vinyl fully textured tiles so the water just sit on the tiles or gets asorbored by the bedding and so far it looks to be working great looks like that drip was just cause I needed to poke the nipple then it sealed itself. Latest news from the post office is that my chicks will arrive no later then Wed. Am really hoping they arrive today.
Be sure to let us know how that works.
I read not to use newspaper because it is too slippery--I actually used an old scrap of fabric, or a dishtowel--I can't remember. Then some pine shavings. I didn't have any trouble with them trying to eat it. I also had a huge cardboard box and put holes in each side then ran a small piece of wood across it out the holes. This was very low--the chicks 'roosted' on it within a few days, and then I put some wood pieces/branches at a higher level as they got older. I put my chicken coop on the page that says Coops, I think!
I agree on the newspaper. I use shavings with paper towels over them for the first couple of days. Easier to clean, and I can SEE that the poo is healthy (not bloody). Then I peel off the paper towels and the shavings are already in place.
Good morning need help my chicks arrived this morning and have one with a serious case of pasty butt and i have cleaned her up best I can but want to make sure its not yuk butt so including pic. Also have another one that has a thin string hanging out if her lower hole not sure if its poo or something more serious?
Leave the "string" alone. It will drop off when ready (it was attached to the yolk). DON'T pull on it.
Use a damp cloth to soak the pasty butt and see if you can remove it. The picture didn't come through. Can you try again. Sometimes it isn't pasty butt.