Initially we had a nipple waterer that we made from pvc pipe. Worked great except we that we were constantly scooping out soaking wet shavings from underneath the waterer. Figured out we had a leaky nipple, fixed that with no real improvement-I think they're just letting a lot go to waste when they drink. Switched to a plastic one gallon waterer from Tractor Supply. Even bigger mess. Water EVERYWHERE. Emptied the entire brooder last night and set the fan in it to dry it out. It's basically a wooden crate so I'm worried about the moisture-both from the standpoint of it harboring bacteria and also because this crate is sitting on my light colored carpet. When I filled it last night after it dried I used all purpose sand as my hope was it wouldn't hold water as well. Just went to check on them and it is wetter than a Florida beach in there AGAIN. So, the fan is in there again, the chicks are in the dog crate in the yard and I just opened a beer. Super frustrated. Is everyone else having this problem? What are you using to water chicks? If it makes a difference, these 7 babies will be 4 weeks old on Monday.