Originally Posted by Dani4Hedgies
Hello Ladies I have some questions for those who use water nipples. Every morning and evening when I check on my now 7wk chicks the bedding is wet under the nipples. I thought as the chicken got older and better at drinking this would stop. But it hasn't and Im afraid that it could harm my chicks. I of course scoop out the wet bedding and replace it with dry but I'm beginning to think we to go to either a different water method or place gutter drains half way under the nipples to catch the spill. But im not sure how we can do that in such a way that it would work and the chicken would still be able to drink. Any suggestions?
I tried nipples and certainly don't recommend them especially for use inside. They have to be perfectly straight up and down to keep from dripping. I have several of them on hand but doubt I will use them cause they can be so messy.
Chicks are messy anyway and tend to leave wet bedding. The best set up I have used is a square stand made out of 2X4s (around1 sq foot). Make a simple frame and cover it with hardware cloth. Preferable 1/4 " size but 1/2" will work as well. Then set a gallon plastic poultry waterer on it. The hardware cloth lets the spills fall to the floor but there is enough air circulation they can dry out. The chicks have no problem at all climbing up on the stand.
Originally Posted by dwink2
Wow! Thanks for all of the help with my chickens. Danz has been my fountain of knowledge along with reading lots of posts on here. I started several of my sick chickens on Tylan 50 on Sunday night and I can't believe how much better they are doing. My daughter ordered me some Tylan soluble that should be in today and I will start the whole flock on that. I am confident that I can get this sickness stopped and hopefully avoid having to send anything to K-State. It sounds like that could get quite costly and if things continue to get better I won't need to now. Nice info to have on hand though.
It sounds like snow/rain/ice is forecasted again. I am so ready for spring. I never see my chickens in the light which is part of the reason that I didn't realize how sick they were. I leave for work in the dark and come home in the dark. I miss my chicken therapy time. Lol
Trish when do you have surgery? I had mine replaced 4 years ago. If you have a stationary bike it will become your best friend. It helps to keep things from getting stiff. When I was in pain I would just go get on my bike. Borrow one if you don't have one.
Yay for Tylan. Thanks for the vote of confidence. I'm so glad your chickens are doing better.
I'm with you on "ready for spring". This cold just makes my work so much harder. Today was warmer than expected with the only real downfall being that all the melting ice left us in a mud hole. I'll be so glad to get my pens in and maybe some day recover some grass around the house. My long term goal is to have a fenced yard so even if I let some birds free range they will stay away from the house. It's going to be a chore to get grass to grow again.
I let all my layers out today and ended up chasing one hen around and around even past dark. She just couldn't figure out where to go. How can you be closed in to a pen for a month and not be able to find it? I had moved all the layers to the hen house pen some time ago and figured by now they would have figured out where home was.
I hope there are no owls out tonight. The dogs are all busy pursuing coyotes.