Help! My husband and I finally decided to jump in and get chickens. We bought 4 sweet little chicks June 18th, then added 11 more the following week. Boy do they grow fast! I have them in a large metal (oval) brooder about 2x4 and they seem to be doing fine, but I noticed yesterday that the RIR chick has begun hopping up on top of the waterer (to lord over the others, I'm guessing) but of course, she is now pooping down the side into the water! I put a branch across the brooder, but it is lower than the top of the waterer. I plan to raise the water supply, but I can't go too high or the little silky won't be able to reach it. I could put a small waterer in for her I suppose, but that RIR will probably get on top of it. I don't know!! The coop will probably be done next week, but I'm not sure they are ready to leave they house. Any advice to this new mother would be greatly appreciated!