2 week chicks messing with water and bedding

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by rnnichole, May 30, 2016.

  1. rnnichole

    rnnichole New Egg

    May 6, 2016
    I have 6 2 week old chicks (4 Easter eggers and 2 buff orpingtons). The chicks are constantly digging in the bedding and it's getting all into their water which then makes everything wet. Any suggestions? Different bedding (currently using wood shavings)? Raising the water somehow? I'll take any recommendations please!
  2. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    I put a few paver blocks under the waterer to help keep bedding from being flung into it.
  3. 3 chicks farm

    3 chicks farm Just Hatched

    May 15, 2016
    Some people use the water nipples
  4. Put your water up on bricks! Change the bedding to sand?
    Only water outside?
    Common sense prevails!
  5. mclanea

    mclanea Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2016
    San Diego
    I turned a little 1 quart "bucket" from a paint store that came with a lid into a chicken nipple watered in our homemade brooder box. Like others mention, I put it over a couple pavers I had laying around and it really knocked this problem out.

    Now if only I could get them to stop pooping in their food.
  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon

    Scratching is a natural behavior for birds. It does make things a pain, though [​IMG]. My easiest fix is to elevate the waterer off the ground some. I use bricks or pieces of 2x4, large enough to make a little platform for the chicks to jump on and drink.

    And a few shavings in the water doesn't hurt the chicks. I clean out the waterer once a day, other than that a little shavings are alright.
  7. Gnarled Carrots

    Gnarled Carrots Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 17, 2016
    Chicks really like to scratch. They'll kick up anything and everything into their food and water! Once they're large enough, they'll even start pooping in it and knocking their food and water over. This problem will not go away! The best thing when they're young is to put the water up on bricks. When they're older it helps to have food and water containers that hang.
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  8. yyz0yyz0

    yyz0yyz0 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2012
    I hang all my waterers and feeders, even in the brooder. cuts way down on stuff getting in them as I keep raising them as they grow.

    I also use nipple waterers both for the adults and in the brooder. Even day old chicks from the hatchery are quick to pickup on using the nipples
  9. valerie5425

    valerie5425 Out Of The Brooder

    May 14, 2016
    Dallas, TX
    My Coop
    I use a feed trough and still had more shavings than food in it after a few hours. I switched to sand and no more trouble! The girls can easily see and access the food, no matter how much digging and scratching they do!

    Also, I have a reused Smart Water bottle with a poultry nipple installed tied to the side of the brooder. Only took them a day to figure it out and I left the water bowl in the brooder until I'd seen all 4 girls use the nipple waterer.
  10. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan

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