My chicks keep putting shavings in the water bowl.

Discussion in 'Quail' started by swizz37, Sep 20, 2010.

  1. swizz37

    swizz37 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 30, 2010

    I just wanna know if anyone else has this problem. My chicks keep filling up the water bowl with bed shavings every day. I constantly have to clean it out but they do it again. I thought they maybe scratching while they were eating, since the bowl was near the feeder. So, I moved it to the opposite side of the box but lo an behold, it has shavings in it again!!

    Any reasons why or solutions?
  2. LuvMyPeeps7

    LuvMyPeeps7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 22, 2010
    [​IMG] Have no idea but mine do it also. I must change there water 4xs a day!
  3. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

    Feb 6, 2010
    Tampa Bay
    Quote:That's the love of having babies [​IMG]
  4. Denninmi

    Denninmi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2009
    It helps to set the waterer on a plastic tray, clay flower pot saucer or similar so that it's kept away from the shavings by a couple of inches in all directions. But, the thing can't be very deep OR slippery -- I find that a shallow clay saucer to a flower pot works well.

    That keeps a LOT but not ALL of the bedding and debris out of the water, so you can change it less often, maybe only 2 times a day instead of 4 times
  5. Buttercup Chillin

    Buttercup Chillin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 27, 2008
    SouthEast TX
    Or use water bottles with the nipples or popbottle drinkers.
  6. GBov

    GBov Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2009
    I put the waterer on a paving slab. Its about two inches high but by day 4 they are all able for the jump up but they cant scratch the sand into it that way. But that first four days the stupid little cheepers pack it solid with sand atleast three times a day! Jump in, drink, jump out with wet toes and jump right back in again with sandy feet, jump in jump out jump in jump out [​IMG]
  7. swizz37

    swizz37 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 30, 2010
    Lol I thought I had it, when I cleared an area out away from the bedding for the bowl but this morning they had the whole bowl buried under shavings urrrgh!

    Maybe they are just letting me know when it's almost empty lol. I guess I gonna have to get a waterer.
  8. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 20, 2009
    Orange County, NY
    Elevating it helps forme

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