keeping water dish clean

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by kathianddoug, May 25, 2019.

  1. kathianddoug

    kathianddoug Hatching

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    Hello, We are new chicken owners. We have 5 chicks that are now 2 1/2 weeks old. So far they are doing very good. The biggest issue is that they keep getting the bedding into their water container. I clean it every day and within no time it is full of bedding. Any tips?
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Puppy Dreaming

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    Raise it up above the bedding. I put mine on some bricks. Chest height is good.
     
  3. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. .....

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    Elevation!
    This is a common issue, and a simple fix is raising the water. Place it so the lip is about back height (continue to raise as they grow)...pavers, wood blocks, upside down pan, etc.
    I have also created actual platforms to create more clearance between bedding and feed/water....upside down cake pan shown here, feed 9n 2x4s, even 3 day olds easily hopped up/down
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  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Puppy Dreaming

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    Great picture. :thumbsup
     
  5. kathianddoug

    kathianddoug Hatching

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    Thanks for the suggestions everyone. I raised the water and so far it is working out much better!
     
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  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    I use 8 and 16 oz sour cream containers (filled with sand for weight).
    Fits the chick waterer diameter perfectly.
     
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  7. kathianddoug

    kathianddoug Hatching

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    Thanks sounds like a great idea!
     

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