shavings, shavings everywhere!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by peony07, Apr 2, 2009.

  1. peony07

    peony07 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 13, 2009
    Ferndale WA
    Anybody have any ideas as to how we can keep the shavings out of food and water? They get so full that when we get home from work they can't get food or water. We only have 6 chicks, 4 are 3 1/2 weeks, 2 are 1 1/2 weeks but they are in a smallish brooder (18" x 32"). We a perch mounted diagonally in a corner and a second small branch as well so there isn't much room in there for scratching but man, can they move those shavings around. I am concerned that if I raise the food up too much the smaller 2 won't be able to reach in.
  2. tamlynn

    tamlynn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 5, 2008
    Torrance, CA
    I put my waterer on a brick after a week or so. Even if they can't reach directly into the water, they can hop up on the brick and then reach the water.
  3. baldie

    baldie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 25, 2008
    Douglas, MA
    What she said!! [​IMG]
  4. calgal98

    calgal98 Chillin' With My Peeps

    What they said!! I also use one of my feed pans turned upside down. If its larger than the waterer there is room for them to hop up and drink!
  5. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    I use two side by side two by fours cut the width of the brooder. I put that in at one week.
  6. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    I have a red plastic feeder that I screwed onto a 2X4. Doesn't get knocked off or tipped over.
  7. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
  8. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 15, 2008
    Set the feeder on a brick and use a water bottle for water. Chicks will drink out of a water bottle even easier than a dish so long as you don't use too large of bottle for really small bantam chicks.
  9. jus1jack

    jus1jack Critically Endangered

    Mar 30, 2009
    I Couldn't stand the wood shavings getting in the food and water either. I tried elevating them but they still got some up there.[​IMG]
    So I put in a new 1/4"X1/4" wire bottom and am using the rabbit catch pan for the wood shavings & droppings. Much better for me.

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  10. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

    Nov 25, 2007
    High Desert, CA
    I have the same problem with the shavings! We have 29 chicks in a 4' x 8' brooder with two waterers (similar to the pic in the post above). One is on a 2x8...the other on the shavings. My chicks are only 10-days old, so I can't get too high, but then I realized it doesn't matter. A few of the chicks scratch around and wood shavings completely clear the top of the water bottle! I'd have to put the feeder a foot in the air to prevent wood shavings from getting in it. Oh well...guess I know what I am doing several times a day for the next 2-3 weeks! [​IMG]

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