drowning question

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kristip, Mar 6, 2011.

  1. kristip

    kristip Songster

    Jul 29, 2010
    New Glarus
    How old should the chicks be for me to be able to remove the rocks from the waterer, that they will nor drown?

    I have the jar that attaches to the base kind, and have little gravel in their to prevent drowning. they are a week old now, but wanted to find out how long I should go with this.


    I should add this is a small quart waterer since there are only 2 chicks in the brooder
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2011
  2. RAWR

    RAWR Songster

    May 26, 2009
    who wants to know?
    We usually take the rocks out when they're starting to feather out
  3. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I've been raising chickens for a very long time and honestly I've never put rocks in the waterer and I've never had a chick drown.
  4. greenriver

    greenriver Songster

    Dec 19, 2010
    Wilmington, Il
    I use marbles with small fonts. It may not be necessary for the larger breeds but it is a good practice.
  5. tarragon

    tarragon Chirping

    Mar 3, 2011
    Bothell, WA
    May I ask how do the marbles/rocks keep them from drowning? How much of a drowning risk is there? Do they just fall in beak first and can't get up? I've seen the advice about rocks, but never having raised chicks before I am trying to picture what the issue is all about.
  6. caspernc

    caspernc Songster

    Oct 15, 2010
    Z town NC
    Most of the issue is when someone puts a bowel of water in with small chicks. Yep they will drown in a bowel of water.
  7. key west chick

    key west chick Songster

    May 31, 2008
    Gainesville, GA
    Ive never put rocks or marbles in my chicks water. Ive never had one drown. I use the little screw on plastic waterers from the feed store. The bottoms come in lots of colors. So I guess it just comes down to what kind you use.
  8. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    I had a bantam drown in a quail waterer last night. I hadn't gotten the rocks put in yet when it happened.
  9. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Quote:I always use marbles for the first week. Chicks tend to go to sleep when they want to- and it's not unusual to find them flat on their faces wherever they were standing. By one week they are much more coordinated.
  10. chkinut

    chkinut Songster

    Feb 25, 2010
    Leesburg, Ohio
    i use to put marbles in the water, afraid they would drown. but i don't do it anymore and they've been just fine. although this past time i DID put marbles in the water only to encourage them to peck at the water so they would know that's where the water was. after i got my shipment of chicks, i dipped each chicks' beak into the water to show them, but for hours later, none of them went back to the water....then, after i put something shiny in it, they were interested and pecked the marbles, hence learning "hey, there's water in here"...lol....silly chicks!

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