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This one is really old, but I know I reference old posts all the time. So many great ideas! I took a big tray (like the kind you get at a cafeteria) and covered it with hardware cloth. This way all the schnuffling would fall through ( and a good amount of the poop) for the first two or three weeks. It got to where we could not give them more water without dumping the tray each time. Still messy, of course, but kept the shavings drier. I also put a flat pan under the nipple waterer to keep it dryer, they manage to take showers under that. My Welsh Harlequins were almost full size after three weeks, so then I stopped feeding them at night, put them in an outdoor run during the day with shade (August in New Mexico, nice and warm outside) and let them just use a nipple waterer at night. As they got even bigger (how big is this breed supposed to be?!? They are 5 weeks old now and bigger than standard ducks - maybe I gave them too much protein when they were little?) I find I still have to remove all the shavings at least every three days, even if I add a new layer every night. They are fertilizer producing machines! I'll have a crazy garden next year!
Edited by Lil 2 U - 9/13/15 at 4:50pm
11 Welsh Harlequin ducks, 13 guinea hens, and 10 buff orpingtons, 6 ameraucanas,  plus two jack russels, one anatolian shepherd, one rottweiler and one husky shepherd mix
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11 Welsh Harlequin ducks, 13 guinea hens, and 10 buff orpingtons, 6 ameraucanas,  plus two jack russels, one anatolian shepherd, one rottweiler and one husky shepherd mix
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post #32 of 33
And the person who replied in 2013 thought the thread was old it will just keep living lol

I tried the waterer in the we call them planting trays. They emptied a whole 5litres of water in half hour. It was such a mess. Flooded shed

I've since found a trough works better but they drink water faster than I can fill it . So I ordered a refillable pig trough for outside

I find feeding water and food in the same tub I mix it to a runny consistancy and they love that. Eat it straight away
post #33 of 33
Stay Dry platform for water for ducks and chicks in the brooder !

This is what I made for our ducks and chicks it works great !




Here is the link to my thread with step-by-step instructions :-)

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1094948/stay-dry-platform-for-water-for-ducks-and-chicks-in-the-brooder
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