Chickens digging around water bowl

ranchhand

Rest in Peace 1956-2011
11 Years
Aug 25, 2008
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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.
 

farmerinKC

Songster
8 Years
May 5, 2011
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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!
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florida lee

Songster
8 Years
Apr 6, 2011
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Morriston,fl
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???
 

chickens_in_the_ghetto

In the Brooder
8 Years
Aug 17, 2011
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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.
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ky-chicken-farmer

In the Brooder
8 Years
Apr 28, 2011
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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.
 

aggie9296

Songster
8 Years
Jan 28, 2011
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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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