How to keep waterer clean from dirt etc.?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by 7L Farm, Oct 16, 2010.

  1. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I built a home made feeder & screwed it on a wall inside the coop about 6 inches off the ground. It stays clean. But the water er which I have one inside the coop hanging off the ground always gets pine shaving in it. I recently hung another one in the run & the chicks now take their bathe around it so its always got dirt in it. FYI chickens drink alot of water.
     
  2. snowflake

    snowflake Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you might need to raise it off the ground a little higher. I have mine on cement blocks I think they are about 8x16.
     
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  3. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Quote:+1 cinder blocks
    the bantams need bricks under the waterer
     
  4. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I also hang the top off a plaster bucket directly over mine to keep the birds from roosting on it. Drill a hole through the middle of the top, run a rope through and knot it then hang it so if the bird jumps on they'll be tipped off.
     
  5. matimeo

    matimeo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Or you could always go the nipple route.
     
  6. Ms~Silkie~Girl

    Ms~Silkie~Girl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You propably have to raise it higher, it should be at the height of their backs.
     
  7. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ms~Silkie~Girl :

    You probably have to raise it higher, it should be at the height of their backs.

    I've been going up with it. The problem is they scratch around & throw dirt , pine shavings at least a foot high. If there's something they can eat their gonna find it. I've gone into the coop & there's pine shaving stacked 2 feet high in a pile.​
     
  8. Ms~Silkie~Girl

    Ms~Silkie~Girl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I've been going up with it. The problem is they scratch around & throw dirt , pine shavings at least a foot high. If there's something they can eat their gonna find it. I've gone into the coop & there's pine shaving stacked 2 feet high in a pile.

    hmmmm, i dont know then, mine don't scratch near the waterer.., if its possible could you move it?
     
  9. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    I'd find about a 4'x4' scrap pf plywood or linoleum or whatever and put it under the waterer, probably weight it down with a coupe of concrete blocks.
     

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