How to keep chicks from Pooping in food?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Maximus, Mar 13, 2012.

  1. Maximus

    Maximus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How can I do this?
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Not going to happen.

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    They poop where they want.

    But seriously, you can use those hanging feeders and all, that helps. What kind of feeder are you using currently?

    I use the 12 lb hanging feeders and when the chicks are grown I put them inside a black rubber fortex tub to catch the beaked out food (not hanging).

    When they are very very tiny, I just use an open pan inside the brooder. They do poop in there some, but I don't like the traditional chick feeders with the little holes. I have had chicks get stuck in them.
     
  3. Maximus

    Maximus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm using the traditional chick feeder
     
  4. the_great_snag

    the_great_snag Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I prefer the troughs with the spinners on top, but even those are not foolproof. On the other hand, I wouldn't lose sleep over it. Chickens have been pooping in their food for millenia with no problems.

    Keeping your feeders and waterers raised as high as possible helps a bit though, especially when they get to big to perch on the edge of a range feeder.
     
  5. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Well they will still poo in there some. I wouldn't worry.
     

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