Pine shavings in the water

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by sclank, Nov 19, 2007.

  1. sclank

    sclank Hatching

    Oct 21, 2007
    Our beautiful chicks are 4 weeks old. They are still inside because it is so cold here in CT. But they make the biggest mess of their waterer all day long. When I am feeling neurotic, I could clean it out 5 times per day.

    I have tried elevating the waterer, but they still manage to get poop and shavings in it.

    Any ideas on how I can keep the water cleaner?

  2. Corey NC

    Corey NC Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    North Carolina
    How are they getting the shavings/poop in it? Are they scratching around and throwing them in or are they sitting on top of them. To keep them sitting on the waterer put a funnel on top so they cant get on it. Make sure the water is raised to the same hieght as the chicks' backs and it is very unlikely they will be able to throw shaving in.
  3. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Crowing

    The joys of babies... Yes, they do that. And the only thing you can do is clean it out 500 times a day! [​IMG]
  4. sclank

    sclank Hatching

    Oct 21, 2007
    Thanks Corey,

    I'll try the funnel and elevating the water a little higher.
  5. TurtleChick

    TurtleChick Songster

    Oct 3, 2007
    Tacoma, WA
    good luck! mine are 7weeks old and still in the house too - hopefully not so by this time next week! - and they make a big mess in their waterer on a regular basis too...... even with their waterer elevated. seems as if they've gotten a little better now - maybe it's that "hey, we can FLY" phase coupled with the "learning to scratch EFFICIENTLY" phase that yours are in now.... [​IMG] hang in there, soon you'll be saying "remember when they were so LITTLE?"

  6. KKluckers

    KKluckers Time Out

    Sep 4, 2007
    I hate that! I cut some 2x4's when they learned to scratch. Helps a little bit, but Im out there at least three times a day making sure they have clean water.
  7. TerrasCritters

    TerrasCritters In a new coop

    Oct 24, 2007
    I have sucessfully got some chicks at about 2-3 weeks old to drink from Rabbit Water bottles. Maybe you can wean them to those for now?
    Good luck

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