Arrgghh Question about water!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by fowlplay, Apr 27, 2008.

  1. fowlplay

    fowlplay In the Brooder

    Feb 25, 2008
    OMG, how do you keep your chick's water clean while they're in the brooder? No sooner do we put fresh water down, we turn around and it's filled with shavings! We thought about coming up with a way to raise it, but space is so limited as it is and will only get worse in the up coming weeks as the chicks grow. Once they're in the coop, it won't be an issue as obviously we will have their water raised up. Just wondering if any of you veteran chick owners have any suggestions while they are in this temporary housing. I thought of using paper towels just on the side that the water sits on, but of course the paper towels don't offer the obsorbency that the shavings do.
    I find myself cleaning their water 5 or 6 times a day, which I will continue to do if needed to ensure our chicks have clean water, but wondered if there was another way?
    Good golly!LOL
  2. mmajw

    mmajw Songster

    Jan 31, 2008
    Try putting a small block of wood under the waterer and that should lift it up enough so they can drink yet they aren't throwing shavings in. [​IMG]
  3. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    I usually put a piece of 2x4 or 2x6 under the waterer to raise it just a bit but I leave the wood longer than the waterer so the chicks will have something to stand on to reach it. But then I raise tiny bantys. [​IMG] Hope this helps
  4. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

    Jan 18, 2008
    Newman Lake, WA
    It just needs to be raised up a bit off the floor.

    A little piece of a brick or wood will do the trick.
  5. suenrob

    suenrob Songster

    Jan 22, 2008
    Ft. Myers, FL
    I put mine on a small wire rack, the kind used to cool cookies on. It raises the jug just enuf and the shavings fall through. Works great!!!
  6. Gindee77

    Gindee77 Songster

    Mar 31, 2008
    QCA, Illinois
    We used a piece of 2X4 wood and when the chicks got taller we screwed two pieces of 2X4 together to make the base taller. Luckily we had tons of pieces of wood leftover from building the coop! [​IMG]
  7. ridgefire

    ridgefire Songster

    Jan 8, 2008
    Northern Michigan
    Hmmmppp if only it was that easy. I have my water sitting on a 2x6 on top of the shavings. But my little scratcher pain in butt always throws shavings in there. I gave up on the 5 to 6 cleanings, I change it a couple times a day now.
  8. fowlplay

    fowlplay In the Brooder

    Feb 25, 2008
    Thanks guys! I figured there'd be a simple solution out there somewhere. I'm a nervous new chick mommy and because of that, I over think the situation sometimes [​IMG]
    My chicks thank you too!

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