Originally Posted by Sweetpea3829
Originally Posted by perchie.girl
No I would have a spot with Some bedding. But the food and water would be over cage wire. This is where the majority of mess comes from. Them spilling feed then spilling water then it all mixes with poo to make a stinky goo. If you put a low perch up some will perch on that too to get up off the floor.
Ok, thanks!!! We need to figured out a better food dish anyways. The one we have, they manage to get all kinds of poo and bedding in there. At least the bedding issue would be solved by putting it over a wire grate.
What I have done with other cages for what I call Tweenagers is use a regular rabbit sized transport cage then cover the wide wire at the bottom with Plastic hardware cloth. The plastic is cleanable and a bit softer on the footies. On one end of the cage I made a tray out of a cardboard box lid for shavings on the other end I put the water and food. Part of the mess with food and water is they want to scratch and kick bedding into the water which causes the water to wick out of the waterer. In a tub that fills the Whole bottom with water All the bedding gets wet. LOL... I had 40 keets at the time cute little buggers but they are Jack booters running and stomping and kicking stuff around. Id find them splatted over the chick feeder head in feet out..... Sound asleep. I tried raising the food and water up off the floor but them buggers grew too fast.
I havent built my next brooder yet but it will have three wooden sides and a hardware cloth floor. Designed around the physical dimensions of a cleanable plastic tray of some sort. This way I could put a tray of bedding in there for the littleuns. Rubbermaid drawer liner would go down over paper towels for the Peeps So they can learn to eat the little bits from a very low dish. But once they are full on eating out of a feeder that liner would come out to uncover the plastic overlayed hardware cloth bottom.
I also want to rig a feeder and waterer that can be accessed from the outside. Because I cant rely on my helpers to be able to reach in to the brooder..... Long story. But I am SO done with tub brooders.