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My chicken is spilling water on purpose

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by smileygreen64, Jan 11, 2017.

  1. smileygreen64

    smileygreen64 Out Of The Brooder

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    One of my coops water has been empty everyday the past week or so. I have three leghorns in that pen and I couldn't figure out how they were drinking so much more than the other pens, so I watched them for a while today.

    My rooster is spilling the water on purpose. I have hanging waterers and he will take a drink or two like a normal chicken and then jump on the rim and spill it out and drink off the ground.

    Has anyone else ever had this happen? I guess its not a real problem. I am out there everyday, so I just fill it back up. It is a little annoying though. Any ideas on how to stop this? I sat it up on a block while I was out there and he just knocked it off.

    Thanks for any advice or comments.
     
  2. Ol Grey Mare

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

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    Are you opposed to the idea of a nipple water system?
     
  3. smileygreen64

    smileygreen64 Out Of The Brooder

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    I thought about that. Do chickens naturally know how to drink from them or is there some teaching involved?
     
  4. FlyWheel

    FlyWheel Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

    They figure it out. Chickens will peck at just about anything new, and as soon as one does he/she will realize that doing this = water. The others will soon follow suit, especially if they see another chicken drinking from it.
     
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  5. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Chicken Obsessed

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    How big is the waterer? Why not just give them a bucket, about chest height? It might be easier for you to top off the bucket as needed than to keep re-filling the waterer you have now. Of course, nipple waterers are an other option.
     
  6. smileygreen64

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    I had a one gallon hanging waterer. Now I have a top fill 3 gallon waterer I built a base for so they aren't scratching leaves into it. It seems to be working good until I get the nipple system figured out. Thanks for the advice.
     

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