Bigger waterers - question about SILKIES

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by gritsar, Jul 7, 2010.

  1. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    It's time for big waterers for my chicks. With 32 chicks in the brooder I'm cleaning and refilling waterers hourly it seems.

    I am concerned about switching to the 3 gallon waterers that have a trough that is approx. 1 1/2 inches wide because there are two silkies in the brooder.
    The silkies are 4 weeks old and are now approximately the size of a "normal" day old chick. They are fiesty and don't get pushed around by the much larger chicks.

    Will they be okay with the larger waterers? I don't want them to drown.

    TIA [​IMG]
     
  2. jen5680

    jen5680 Southside Silkie Shack

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    Put a bunch of marbles in it and you won't have to worry.
     
  3. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    They seemed about the right size when you sent me pics, but if they are not much bigger by now, I would increase their protein. They do grow a lot slower than other breeds though.

    I give all of my chicks to broody hens and they drink from the same waterer's without marbles, and they all do great. If I brood them myself, I put marbles in the waterer.
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:Yeah, they're growing alright. Much bigger than when I sent you those pics. In the extremely ugly feathering stage right now. Both have full crops at night and are very active, so I don't worry too much about them. Little Blue, now named Jethro, managed to snag himself a cricket last night. I was proud of him. [​IMG]
    Trying not to overthink raising silkies. Thanks for the input. [​IMG]
     
  5. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    Way to go Jethro!! [​IMG]
     
  6. Chicken Hobbyist

    Chicken Hobbyist New Egg

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    This may seem obvious, but what do the marbles do?? Is it so the chicks see the water? New to chickens, lol.
     
  7. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

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    the marbles let the water through so they can drink it, but prevent them from drowning themselves.
     

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