Packing the waterer!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Corgiman, Feb 10, 2014.

  1. Corgiman

    Corgiman New Egg

    May 23, 2013
    I am new to backyard chickens. I purchased 5 started pullets from Murray McMurray this past summer. All five arrived in good shape on July 10th. I have 1 of each, Black Australorp,Buff Orpington, Rhode Island Red, Silver laced Wyandotte, and A Light Brahma. All five started laying eggs by the middle of September. They are all healthy and a joy to have around. The problem I am having with the girls is that they pack their water with straw. I put the straw down in the run under the coop to keep them off of the cold ground. I Is this normal behavior? I have tried raising the water off of the ground, even bought a heated waterer for the really cold weather. They seem to love packing the straw in the bottom of the tray. I clean it out and a day later it is full again. Any suggestions?
  2. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Alright [​IMG] great to have you here in the flock [​IMG]

    Sounds like you need to put the water up on a stump to raise
    the water up a foot or so will keep objects out and the chickens
    can use the edges of the stump to stand on [​IMG]
  3. SA Farm

    SA Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2013
    Ontario, Canada
    [​IMG] Agreed, raise the waterer off the ground [​IMG]
  4. Corgiman

    Corgiman New Egg

    May 23, 2013
    Thanks for the replies. I will give this a try. Crazy chickens!! Love my little flock but this water thing is driving me crazy!
  5. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    [​IMG] don't worry as soon as you get that solved, the little darlings will come up with something else. Enjoy ??
  7. herechilychiky

    herechilychiky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2014
    Central Fla.
    Hello, Welcome to BYC!!!!

    yes, the lovey's get board, maybe get them a nice toy to play with as well.
  8. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop

    Yes, chickens do crazy things with feeders and waterers that are not raised off the ground. Good luck with all your poultry adventures and enjoy BYC!
  9. Chickens love to scratch all the time looking for food it is just the way it is. In the process everything gets into the water. They do not do it on purpose just an end result of their scratching. So hanging it at their head level would be a better thing, harder to get stuff in the water.

    I would like to Welcome you to BYC! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2014

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