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

monarchcmj

Chirping
10 Years
Mar 28, 2009
27
1
87
NH
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!
 

MissJenny

Songster
10 Years
May 11, 2009
974
7
141
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.

Jenny
 

PriceFamilyFarms

Songster
9 Years
Apr 18, 2010
448
1
119
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
 

vickibiro

In the Brooder
9 Years
May 30, 2010
72
3
39
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
 
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Toi-toi

Songster
9 Years
May 12, 2010
403
2
121
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.
 

chicknerd

Songster
9 Years
Apr 28, 2010
560
2
129
NH
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.
 

MarieNC

Songster
9 Years
May 10, 2010
288
8
121
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......
 

RAWR

Songster
10 Years
May 26, 2009
4,604
9
219
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
 

lotzahenz

Songster
11 Years
Aug 28, 2008
1,242
12
163
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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