marbles?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jeremy, Jun 16, 2008.

  1. jeremy

    jeremy CA Royal Blues

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    browsing the forum i've seen lots of posts, well brooder posts, that have a random assortment of marbles in the brooder with chicks.

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    do the marbles heat up under the lamp and help to keep the babies warm?

    or do some chicks like to play with them. . . haha, that'd be funny. ( :

    anyways. just wondering.

    jeremy.
     
  2. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

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    Marbles are put in the water dish to keep chicks from drowning in it. Other than that, I don't know what they would be used for.
     
  3. jeremy

    jeremy CA Royal Blues

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    oh! i guess that makes sense. [​IMG]

    i didn't know babies were so prone to drowing? our water dish that they drink from is only about 1 in. deep. [​IMG]
     
  4. Jacky'sMamma

    Jacky'sMamma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    From what I have observed itty bitties tend to fall asleep where ever they happen to be (like the food/water dish!). That and they aren't exactly the most coordinated! [​IMG]
     
  5. Reinbeau

    Reinbeau The Teapot Underground Premium Member

    I added marbles to their waterer to attract them to it when they were first in the brooder, worked like a charm. Now they're just in there to keep them from falling face first in there and drowning, although I think there's less of a chance of that now.
     
  6. coffeemama

    coffeemama Barista Queen

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    Quote:Even a human baby/toddler can drown in 1" of water. The marbles work very well, and I've not lost a chick due to drowning since I've used them.
     

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