Created a water saver for my duck brooder

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by tweetysvoice, Mar 22, 2012.

  1. tweetysvoice

    tweetysvoice Songster

    Dec 30, 2011
    Lawrence, KS
    My Coop
    So, everyone that owns ducks KNOWS how much they splash and waste water. It's especially bad when you have to brood the ducks in the house and are subject to cleaning the brooder daily just to keep the smell down! I did some hunting at walmart and found the perfect solution to keeping water from saturating the pine shavings within minutes of filling the water dish. Thought ya'll might like to see what I did. (I have seen something of the sort for outside pens - but it'll work for inside as well!)

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    I found these modular drawers at Walmart for $12. They are designed to support weight, so I knew they would support the water and a duck or two. The drawer pops out, so it'll be easy to remove to empty out the water.

    First I cut a hole in the top using a hand jigsaw, then staple gunned on some hardware cloth to the top: (I put duck tape around the edges just so the hardware cloth edges weren't as sharp).

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    Finished product in use: It's been day 3 and working GREAT!!! No more smell in the room and dry shavings!!


  2. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

  3. 70%cocoa

    70%cocoa Songster

    Feb 24, 2011
    Canberra, Australia
    Well done - that looks fantastic!!! The use of the pull-out drawer is a really excellent idea.
  4. Tahai

    Tahai Songster

    great idea!

  5. lovesgliders

    lovesgliders Songster

    Apr 2, 2011
    Very clever!

    Were they scared/confused at first at all?
  6. tweetysvoice

    tweetysvoice Songster

    Dec 30, 2011
    Lawrence, KS
    My Coop
    Thanks all,
    No, they actually went right to it and started drinking. The smaller two had to make a couple attempts at getting up ontop of it, but once they realized they could, they had no problems either! Something interesting though - I got up this morning and the waterer was completely empty. I think they all had fun playing in it last night and dried up the water. It probably tastes much better since there aren't tons of shavings floating in it all the time.
  7. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    i am so glad to see this since now I know how to make a temp waterer for our ducklings when my duck hatches out her ducklings. Thank you so much.
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2012

  8. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England


    This should get some kind of award!
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2012
  9. wildpeas

    wildpeas Songster

    Mar 18, 2012
    Port Orchard, Wa
    Brilliant idea! I am going shopping for pull-out drawers.

  10. mandelyn

    mandelyn Crowing

    Aug 30, 2009
    Mt Repose, OH
    My Coop
    Cool idea using the drawer! I hadn't thought of that with mine. It's wood framed.

    That should transition to the coop too later on. OOOoo! Design the coop to have a flap on the bottom for external access to the indoor water drawer! No moving shavings out of the way to get it!
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