Raised Platform for Waterer and Feeder to keep bedding dry and clean!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by RoosterML, Feb 5, 2019.

  1. RoosterML

    RoosterML Songster

    I am thinking of building a raised platform or some type of screen deck to put under the waterer and feeder in my brooder to help keep bedding clean and dry. What size screen/hardware cloth would you recommend? I'm thinking something along the lines of 1/8"or1/4" hardware cloth/screening. Any issues with potential injury to chicks feet?
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  2. A_Fowl_Guy

    A_Fowl_Guy Wildlife Biologist

    May 4, 2014
    Newberry, Indiana
    I just used bricks and it kept everything as neat as it could be.
  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    I use plywood to raise the waterer like this and keep it from turning over, I just fill the bowl with rocks so they can walk on the rocks and not drown when I use it for baby chicks. They will poop in this water so it has to be changed daily.

    Grow out Water.JPG

    But as you can see, the floor is hardware cloth so wire can work. This is 1/2" hardware cloth and is sometimes used for babies so as far as I'm concerned 1/2" will work but I don't do bantams.

    There is a potential issue with wire. Depending on the manufacturing process some wire can have sharp nibs sticking out that can chew up chickens feet. Not all have those sharp nibs but some do, sometimes from welding the wire but usually from the hot dip galvanizing. Those should all be on one side so check the wire and face the sharp nibs down if your wire has them. Problem solved. Or get rubber coated wire.

    The 1/2" hardware cloth floor in my brooder and grow-out coop allows poop to fall through until the chicks get a certain size, usually somewhere around 12 to 14 weeks old. Then the poop starts to build up on top of the wire. That will happen earlier with smaller mesh.
  4. blackdog043

    blackdog043 Crowing

    Feb 19, 2017
    Charlotte, NC
    I make a platform out of wood, 2 x 3's and underlayment, it works well. I wouldn't use wire of any kind for chicks.

  5. Eilsel

    Eilsel Songster

    Dec 15, 2017
    NE Kansas
    I don't have a picture but when I brooded ducks I put a cooling rack on a sheet pan and put their water on that to keep the bedding dry. Easy to pull out and dump, and the rack was smoother and stiffer than wire.
  6. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    I also use Bricks..
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Toes getting stuck.

    I use 8 and 16oz sour cream containers filled with sand.

  8. RoosterML

    RoosterML Songster

    I made this out of aluminum window screen to set under the waterer. Should be safe for them to walk on and still let any drips fall through. I'll put a 5gallon bucket lid under screen to catch any water.
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  9. Mimi’s 13

    Mimi’s 13 fuhgettaboutit

    Jan 6, 2018
    Centre, AL
  10. RoosterML

    RoosterML Songster

    I ordered some vertical nipples to try for the chicks. That is why I would like something under to catch the drips and not soak the bedding.
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