keeping waterer clean?

kuhnse51

Chirping
5 Years
Aug 19, 2014
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Does anyone have creative ways to keep bedding and droppings out of the chicks waterer in an indoor brooder? I use pine shaving and find myself having to clean out their waterer at least twice a day because they get it filled with bedding/droppings.
 

MrChicken095

In the Brooder
5 Years
Aug 10, 2014
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Hi! When I had my chicks, there wan't really much of a solution I found. What I did to slightly prevent this problem was to use less bedding around the waterer. This won't keep all of the bedding and droppings out but it will slightly reduce this problem...Good Luck.
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Eggcessive

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Does anyone have creative ways to keep bedding and droppings out of the chicks waterer in an indoor brooder? I use pine shaving and find myself having to clean out their waterer at least twice a day because they get it filled with bedding/droppings.
A 1 inch thick scrap piece of wood about 8X8 is good for the first week to place under the water container, then the second week they may be tall enough for a 2 inch thick piece, and after that I use 2 bricks. The key is to put the water up to the height of their shoulders. The wood blocks are good, because if you have a nice wide piece, they can climb onto the wood to drink. Also don't make your shavings too thick unless you have a block under the waterer.
 
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MeepBeep

Songster
5 Years
A followup, these nipples are $7.25 delivered for 25 of them if you have Amazon Prime...

I made several of these this summer out of left over plastic containers for brooders...

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I needed a waterer for some chicks in isolation, this example being a tossed together DIY special... Mounting it on a wire basket like this keeps it above most of the bedding while allowing bedding to fall back down if it does get tossed up and the birds have no problems navigating the basket... Ran to the dollar store and tossed this together for $3 added a piece of pvc and some zip ties I had laying around and hot glued it together and presto... BTW I don't recommend the hot glue as it does fail in short but it was an in the hurry job...

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kuhnse51

Chirping
5 Years
Aug 19, 2014
196
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Thanks everybody! I had a water bottle with a nipple but it seemed to stop dripping after the chicks drank a little water out of it. I think i will just have to make a bigger one out of heavier duty plastic and figure a way to hang it in the brooder and see if that works because I really don't like the standing waterers. I have the standing one propped up on an old pie dish right now but its not helping too much .
 

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