How can I keep the water in the brooder from filling up with shavings?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by monarchcmj, Jun 8, 2010.

  1. monarchcmj

    monarchcmj Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 28, 2009
    I have a layer of pine shavings in the Rubbermaid tub the chicks are in. I am *constantly* finding their waterer FULL of pine shavings and I'm not sure how to remedy this problem? Any suggestions? Thanks!
  2. chics in the sun

    chics in the sun Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 1, 2010
    It helped a LITTLE bit to set it on a paper plate with a ridge around it. Still had shavings in it, but fewer of them.
  3. MissJenny

    MissJenny Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2009
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    I've set mine up on blocks of wood and as the chicks grow I add blocks of wood. Once they are in the outdoor pen their water will be suspend from above -- also it will be above sand, so when they kick up the sand it won't fly so far.

    Some people use nipple waterers -- The best description is that it's somewhat like a gerbil bottle.

  4. PriceFamilyFarms

    PriceFamilyFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2010
    Henderson, NC
    blocks of wood work good but I noticed that even with cleaning they can get this slimy film on them so I use small cement blocks. Just check Lowe's or HD in the garden section..they are usually with the paver blocks

    just my $.02
  5. vickibiro

    vickibiro Out Of The Brooder

    May 30, 2010
    LaGrange, Kentucky
    I put mine up on a brick, it helps but still gets full of shavings - thinking of trying another brick to see if they can reach the water. Heck the little critters are flying from one end of the brooder to the other they can probably manage.

    eta- the second brick seemed to do the trick - no shavings and they can still drink
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2010
  6. Toi-toi

    Toi-toi Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2010
    Central MA
    I have same problem, too. Cleaning pine shaving in the water...
    I put wood blocks and made it higher but not much help.

    They are inside brooder in the house, so it's easy to access.
    But once they are outside in the coop, it will be so hard to get there that often.
  7. chicknerd

    chicknerd Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2010
    Quote:I have a piece of a 2x4 piece of wood I place it on. Its low enough the chicks can drink but significantly lowers the amount of shavings in the water.
  8. MarieNC

    MarieNC Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 10, 2010
    I ended up switching to bottle type waterers when they were about three weeks old b/c of the same problem you are having. I use one meant for rabbits with the little metal ball on the end and another one is a nipple type drop bottle. Now if I could just get them to stop knocking over their dry food container......
  9. RAWR

    RAWR Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 26, 2009
    who wants to know?
    Quote:thats what i do :3
    im use'in a brick in one of my silkie brooders and a sidewalk paver in the other
    they're both the same size :3
  10. lotzahenz

    lotzahenz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 28, 2008
    Lexington, Kentucky
    A piece of closet shelving works best for me set on two bricks. The kind that closet concepts uses, sturdy wire, plastic coated, where the shavings fall thru. I plan to make the nipple waters soon though. HenZ

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