Keeping the waterer upright

medicmandan

In the Brooder
11 Years
Aug 15, 2008
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How do they manage to keep knocking over the waterer? I'm using a mason jar type waterer with a plastic container. I've added marbles to the water to weigh it down but they keep knocking it over, usually right after I put it in there. Any ideas? I have about 3-4" worth of pine bedding in there. Too much? Maybe it's just not stable enough on that much bedding?
 

william9792

Songster
11 Years
Nov 23, 2008
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graham, nc
i take two bricks and set them side by side and put the waterer on top of them and fill the beding up to the top of the bricks to make it more stable
 

WoodlandWoman

Crowing
12 Years
May 8, 2007
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Wisconsin
Until you find something else, do you have any plastic containers in the kitchen that might work? I have some short bowls with lids around the size of a chick waterer base. You could put anything in the bowl to weight it down.

You might have other stuff around the house that would work, too. You just want the trough part to be about the level of the chicks back or just slightly lower. I always watch for a minute, to make sure the height is ok and they are drinking.
 

damselfish

Songster
11 Years
Mar 8, 2008
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Southwest Missouri
If you have the brooder space, just go ahead and get them a big-girl waterer (double-walled galvanized, 2 gallon or more). You'll probably need it later anyway, and they will never knock it over. That's what we do and it has worked well.
 

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