Chicks kicking shavings into the water

truchickendiva

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Jul 3, 2020
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I constantly have to clean my chick water because the chicks always kick shavings and poop into it. They also perch on top of the water container and poop into the water. How can I help prevent this?
 

truchickendiva

Chirping
Jul 3, 2020
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Ontario, Canada
Also, I have tried raising the waterer up on a block of wood, but they STILL manage to get shavings/poop in. I have one of those open waterers with a plastic top and a red base.
 

ILoveBabySilkies

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Apr 21, 2020
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I don’t know how to prevent this but it’s happens to me too and is pretty annoying after you just clean/refill it. There’s not much you can do in terms of the chicks it’s just their natural instincts/behavior to forage. In terms of the actual water container I’ve also only heard about just putting it on something to make it higher.
 

FloorCandy

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Apr 15, 2020
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My quail chicks already are using the nipple waterer, I was worried, but someone else had pics of their chicks using a waterer successfully, so I put both in the brooder, they use both but when I move them to a larger brooder in a couple days I’ll just leave the nipple waterer. I feel if a 1 day old quail chick can work it so can a chicken chick.
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May 10, 2020
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@truchickendiva this is what I did for my chicks to avoid this, it worked wonders! And the bigger and flappier they get the messier the water dish will get. This was an easy fix. Rubbermaid container, a small section of hardware mesh, a couple piece of wood and some duct tape to cover sharp edges!
(I can’t take credit for this idea, I stole it from a YouTube video from Guildbrook Farms)
 

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Kiraeh

Chirping
Jun 8, 2020
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I introduced my chicks to the nipple waterer around three weeks, it took a while for them to catch on. I'd reach in and tap it whenever I fed them, they'd peck it and watch the water fall and look in the shavings for it. But now they all have it figured out properly.
 

neo71665

Songster
Mar 22, 2020
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Put the nipple waterer in, remove the other water source, and wait. Most issues with training birds to use the nipples is owner related and not the birds.
 

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