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Pondering ~ why?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by m2wandc, Apr 29, 2009.

  1. m2wandc

    m2wandc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was just raising my baby chicks feeder to be a smidgen higher as recomended by some...and then I was pondering...WHY? don't chickens eat off the ground? ....why do you raise their food and water? ??? [​IMG]
     
  2. mediazeal

    mediazeal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    because they will do everything they can to get the water and feed on the ground as well, meaning out of the feeder/water and all over making a mess.
    If you raise it alittle, they will use it in the feeder/waterer and not spread it all over
    wasting feed, getting bedding all wet (what I woke up to today)
    plus they tend to fill the waterer with bedding, soaking it in the tray as well, making me have to change their water multiple times a day
    After today's soaked bedding fiasco I put the waterers on top of a saucer, raising it a little and getting my china baptisted by chickies in the process.
    crazy chicks
     
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2009
  3. m2wandc

    m2wandc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    good to have a more 'reasonable' answer...I was thinking it was because of a comfort level thing...but it's more for MY comfort of not having to change out the brooder stuff as often...gotch ya....

    the water is a hassle because I have pebbles in there and the shavings get in, making me have to rinse the rocks and then it becomes an outside chore...I have to wash off a bunch of rocks with lots of effort... those darn wet shavings STICK to everything! LOL [​IMG] [​IMG]
     

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