Chickens poop in their water :(

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by big mami, Oct 15, 2009.

  1. big mami

    big mami Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 15, 2009
    Santa Cruz, CA
    I'm a new backyard chicken keeper and my two hens seem happy and healthy but I can't keep their automatic waterer clean. They always wind up pooping in their water before the water is halfway gone! (I have it on the floor, raised only a little on a brick) Do I need to change it every time it's dirty, or will they be okay?
  2. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

    Jul 16, 2009
    best coast
    You should raise it to back level. Poopy water is NOT good for them!
  3. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    I agree, and some folks get very creative about shielding the waterer...a little search on the topic here might give you some entertainment. [​IMG]
  4. granmahen

    granmahen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 11, 2008
    Bakersfield, CA
    We used to have same problem, that or they'd kick stuff into water dish (nasty smelling and bad for hens), so we switched to using soda bottles and large screw-on ball waterers (like giant hamster waterers) which worked better but now we use the pecking system the feed store uses with chicks. We got our design from a picture on the quail thread right here on BYC. As soon as our pics are ready, will post. You just need a 5 gal. bucket with lid, some pvc pipe and what the feed store calls water peckers.
  5. klevesque

    klevesque Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 11, 2009
    Poland, ME
    I didn't know it was bad for them! Mine is constantly poopy! I'll get something to raise it up. Maybe on a block of wood?
  6. mandelyn

    mandelyn Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 30, 2009
    Mt Repose, OH
    My Coop
    For the bowl I used bricks, there's a ledge for them to stand on, to make sure the one baby can reach it. Coincidentally this also keeps bedding from getting scratched into it too. For the larger outside waterer where the baby was roosting on top of it and pooping into it, I stuck a funnel on the top of it to make it "pointy" and it keeps her off it.
  7. captainmoose

    captainmoose Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 5, 2009
    SE PA
    I have my waterer on a cement block, they don't poo in it but they still get wood chips in it.
  8. Germaine_11.20

    Germaine_11.20 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2009
    I will be watching for the pecking system pics thank you!

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