I have all my waterers raised to keep them clean and I am just wondering what you all do when you have chicks in the coop with the bigger birds. What's the best way to water them so that the waterer doesn't get all dirty or spilled?
I don't have mine in with the bigger birds but their waters are on a couple of plastic pallets that the protien and mineral blocks came on (shhhh we are supposed to send 'em back but I swiped a few, lol)
I routinely keep a quart sized chick waterer in the coop for the chicks hatched out there; at least one, sometimes two. Tucked away in a corner or in the broody crate they are hatched in; along with a chick feeder.
At some point, usually by the time the chicks are 10 days to 2 weeks old, I start noticing the waterer and feeder being kicked over and/or filled with shavings non-stop. That's also about the time I notice these itty bitty chicks jumping up on the cinder blocks that holds my big waterers up to get themselves a drink. It's the cutest sight!
That's when the baby stuff gets removed, until another hen goes broody and we start the whole routine all over again.
Find yourself a person who is throwing away an old kitchen stove. Ask them for the broiler pan out of the bottom of it. You can set that right on the bedding and put the waterer on top; the chicks can just hop on the broiler pan since it's only about 2" high. Then, if water spills, it just goes down into the grates of the broiler pan, and you can dump it out later