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Dumb question about chicks spilling water

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by derbychick, May 1, 2007.

  1. derbychick

    derbychick Out Of The Brooder

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    There is probably an obvious solution to this that I'm missing. My 3 chicks are in a plastic box with pine shavings covered in paper towels. They have the typical small plastic waterer and they just keep spilling it and soaking their bedding. I could clean that brooder out all day. What can I do to minimize spills?

    Thanks!
     
  2. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Do you have the water up off the brooder floor? Try putting it about as high as the smallest ones back. This should help. Or is there a way to hang your waterer? Might try that as well. My babies waterer is a mason jar on top of a galvinised "dish" Its for baby chicks. Is this the type you are useing?
     
  3. derbychick

    derbychick Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks, Deb! We could put a little board under it that would help it be more stable and keep them out of it. The littlest one is only 2 days old, and the other two are 1.5 weeks, so there's a bit of a size difference (plus, one of the bigger ones is a Black Giant and she's HUGE):eek:

    The waterer is a plastic reservoir that screws onto a plastic dish thing. Got it at the feed store when we got the chicks.
     
  4. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Being that a few are still young, you do have pebbles in the waterer, right? Just to make sure the younger ones dont drown. Good luck, I hope this helps!
     
  5. derbychick

    derbychick Out Of The Brooder

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    No, I never even thought about that! So much to learn!

    Going now to find a board and some pebbles...

    On another note, I am fascinated by watching my 3. The baby needs to sleep so much more than the other 2, who are pretty much on the go all the time. They are very respectful of her, so far. And I would never have guessed it, but the gigantic Black Giant is quickly becoming my favorite. It'll be interesting to see if she really grows into those feet...

    Oh brother, she just flew out of the brooder! :eek:
     
  6. iopele

    iopele Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Derbychick, if you can, I'd love to see pictures of your Giant chick next to the other two! I've seen pictures of the Giant chickens, but they're never beside anything so it's hard to get an idea of scale. Good luck with your babies!
     
  7. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Ever since I switched my chicks to water bottles, never a spill again. I use the large 32 ounce rabbit water bottles and they all learn to drink out of it fine. I do one bottle per 4-6 cornish or 10-12 layers.
     

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