Chickens digging around water bowl

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by wilhiteranch, Aug 17, 2011.

  1. wilhiteranch

    wilhiteranch Out Of The Brooder

    May 22, 2011
    Why are my chickens digging in the sand around their water? They end up digging so much the water falls over and drains.
  2. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Probably looking for a nice cool spot to hang out. Not sure what your setup is, but I'd add another water source so they can still dig and have access to fresh water.
  3. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    or maybe the damp sand harbors some tasty bugs.

  4. Jeffross1968

    Jeffross1968 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2011
    Smoky Mountains
    I have my feeders and waterers each on 2 cinder blocks put together. Could try that?
  5. farmerinKC

    farmerinKC Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2011
    Kansas City, Missouri
    I have my waterer sitting on an upside-down flower pot and they do the same thing-dig the sand out around it and tip it over-then they start growling and complaining because their water is tipped over-they look at me like it's my fault! [​IMG]
  6. florida lee

    florida lee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 6, 2011
    My do the same thing with the waterers that are in the ground they splash water out and then dig.,, if I drop water on the ground they immediately go to the spot and start digging.....why???
  7. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    maybe water makes the ground softer, thus easier and more attractive to dig in?

  8. chickens_in_the_ghetto

    chickens_in_the_ghetto Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 17, 2011
    I hang my waterer from a chain about five inches off the ground or so (about chest height for the birds). It keeps the birds from knocking it over or making it messy when they scratch around it. They don't seem to mind the fact that it sways slightly in the breeze. I also hang the feeder, but a touch higher, to discourage them from hopping into the open hopper and eating out of there, instead of eating at the tray like they should.

    You can get hanging waterers for very cheap, and use an old dog tieout chain or a length of sturdy steel chain from the hardware store with a carabiner on the end. Voila! No more dirt in the trough, or spilled water. [​IMG]
  9. ky-chicken-farmer

    ky-chicken-farmer Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 28, 2011
    they know that water on the ground can drive worms, bugs and all kinds of goodies out of the dirt and its easier to dig in. My water pans sit on scrap plywood or other lumber. Mine really go crazy when i move those boards every now and then.
  10. aggie9296

    aggie9296 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 28, 2011
    Panama City, FL
    mine dig in any wet spot and flop down. i keep the waterers up on bricks, concrete blocks, or cross ties to limit them knocking them over. if i forget to turn off water hose, i come home to a mud crater where it leaks.

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