Poop in water and feeder

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by grokie18, Dec 31, 2012.

  1. grokie18

    grokie18 New Egg

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    My girls are always pooping in there water and sleeping on it how do i get them to stop pooping in there food and water and the baby chicks are the worst please help.[​IMG]
     
  2. Shan30

    Shan30 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It would be very helpful to have a better idea of what your water/feed set up looks like in order to make some recommendations.

    Do you have any pictures?
     
  3. grokie18

    grokie18 New Egg

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    No sorry it is a gallon plastic red feeder and water.
     
  4. Shan30

    Shan30 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    With adult birds we hang feeders and waterers away from roosts and nest boxes so they cannot get above them. The hanger (rope, chain, etc.) also gets in the way of them standing on the top.

    Placing them on a stand that was the same size as the base may work if you can't hang them.

    Elevating the feed/waterers for the adults and using chick feeders/waterers that only allow enough room for their little heads should work.

    Like I said, hard to really get an idea with out seeing your set up. I have found that feeders/waterers for adult birds on the floor is a constant battle of trying to keep the poop out of the water and water out of the bedding.

    Good luck!
     
  5. Shan30

    Shan30 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    With adult birds we hang feeders and waterers away from roosts and nest boxes so they cannot get above them. The hanger (rope, chain, etc.) also gets in the way of them standing on the top.

    Placing them on a stand that was the same size as the base may work if you can't hang them.

    Elevating the feed/waterers for the adults and using chick feeders/waterers that only allow enough room for their little heads should work.

    Like I said, hard to really get an idea with out seeing your set up. I have found that feeders/waterers for adult birds on the floor is a constant battle of trying to keep the poop out of the water and water out of the bedding.

    Good luck!
     
  6. grokie18

    grokie18 New Egg

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    It is hanging and they sleep on it?
     
  7. willowbranchfarm

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    Do they have perches?? Maybe putting a rim over the top of the feeder so if the do perch on the top of it the poop will be on the rim and not in the water.
     
  8. Shan30

    Shan30 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmm is it flat on top? I would try making it impossible to stand on. Maybe poke a hole through some thing plastic (bucket lid?) and feed the rope/chain through it so it sits a few inches above the top of the feeder/waterer. Make sure it's in their way and too flimsy to stand on. If it's a chain you could even poke sticks or something through it on different angles that will be in their way.

    I would think making it annoying or difficult to do will stop them. Grease it up, they will slide right off! Just kidding :)
     
  9. grokie18

    grokie18 New Egg

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    Yes they have perches and it is a Flatish round top but i thank you all for the help.
     
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