How to keep chicks from roosting on the waterer?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by gale65, Jul 10, 2011.

  1. gale65

    gale65 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have a waterer that looks like this:
    tonight there was a chick roosting on it. I took her off and she was not happy with me but I don't want her pooping in the water. Is there any easy way to prevent them from roosting up there?
  2. KDK1

    KDK1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2011
    Tennessee Plateau
    Place un upside down funnel on top. If you hang the waterer, and you should, run the rope/chain up through the funnel.
  3. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    I put one of those large coffee cans upside down over the top of it. Works great! [​IMG] Mine used to roost and poo in the water ALL the time! And now they don't [​IMG]
  4. gale65

    gale65 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'll see if I can find a large enough funnel. Maybe at an auto parts store? We don't have it hanging. I bought this waterer to use until we get the nipple waterer going and this one will be the outside one so right now I just have it on bricks. We will be hanging the other one but dh is pretty busy with farming right now and doesn't have time to get the beam put in to hang it from. I just need something that will work for now until he gets done with all his field work.

    I'll also check what cans we have. DH drinks coffee that comes in a plastic pouch thing. lol. Wouldn't they still roost on the top of the can though? Since it's flat? That does give me an idea though. Glue a funnel to a can that will fit easily over the top and it won't fall off or get knocked off.
  5. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 20, 2011
    middle TN
    I just made a cardboard cone and taped it on. I figured it was a temporary problem and only a temporary solution was needed. It worked great!
  6. fargosmom

    fargosmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 27, 2008
    Pasadena, CA
    oops. never mind [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2011
  7. justacouplemorechicks

    justacouplemorechicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 21, 2011
    I sprayed a little WD-40 on it when I was oiling a squeaky hinge on their door. They just slide right off the top. [​IMG]
  8. Hot2Pot

    Hot2Pot Fox Hollow Rabbitry

    Feb 1, 2010
    West TN
    Cut the bottom off a milk jug, slide it on top of waterer. Presto, no more perching and pooping.
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2011
  9. Neil Grassbaugh

    Neil Grassbaugh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 1, 2008
    Offer them a place to perch that is better than the water fountain.
  10. gale65

    gale65 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:They have a regular roost but so far only a few of them get on it. They are almost 7 weeks old so they aren't following the rules yet. [​IMG]

    thanks everyone. I have an empty milk jug around here so I'll start with that.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by