Stupid Question, but I need help!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Ravie, Aug 13, 2010.

  1. Ravie

    Ravie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2010
    Greenfield, Indiana
    I can't get the bottom off of my chicks' waterer. I've even used a rubber gripper to try to twist the two pieces apart. They're STUCK. My chicks need water and I have a spare feeder. I'd like to just use that until my husband gets home from work. Is there any safety issues with using an 8-hold feeder as a waterer? The chicks are 10 days old. I should add that this is a mason jar style of feeder.
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2010
  2. TurkeyMountainChickens

    TurkeyMountainChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2009
    Central Virginia
    It should be OK. It sounds like they won't be able to get in it, so shouldn't get too wet or drown.

    I would think there would be bigger issues with no water at all!
  3. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

    Jun 11, 2010
    York PA
    As long as they can't fall in it should be fine. The water may not stay in it so you might have to consider just using a bowl with not enough water for them to drown in.
  4. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2010
    Forest Grove, OR
    If you mean a regular chick feeder, it should be fine until someone can undo your regular one. I'm no expert but as long as they can get to clean water without drowning they should be fine. Anyone else have an opinion?
  5. Ravie

    Ravie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2010
    Greenfield, Indiana
    Exactly. And it's such a hot day. They're going to drink a lot. I just don't want anyone to get hurt because I'm using the wrong equipment.
  6. Ravie

    Ravie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2010
    Greenfield, Indiana
    Well. Whoever said that the feeder might not hold water is absolutely correct. What a mess. This is so frustrating.

    If I went to town for a new feeder it'd take me more than an hour and a half. And the garage where the chickens are kept is already muggy at 85 degrees. There's got to be a way to get this waterer separated! /cry
  7. darkmatter

    darkmatter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2009
    Quote:No problem..........You can use a mason jar and saucer for a temporary waterer, fill a mason jar, cover with the saucer, then invert it and wedge a matchstick under the jar edge to allow the saucer to refill. You can also use a planter's pot saucer which is deeper and fill it with marbles (after inverting) to keep the chicks from jumping in and drowning.
    Note: where did you buy a mason jar style waterer that got stuck, mine barely screw on!
  8. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    Try running the stuck jar/bottom (where it connects) under hot, hot water. Let run for a minute or two and then try untwisting.

    For my chicks - I just use a shallow bowl, with marbles or rocks in it to keep the chicks from drowning if they plop into the bowl. If you are worried they will run out of water, put a couple bowls in the brooder.
  9. lynxs1981

    lynxs1981 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 8, 2010
    Sometimes if you slightly pull up on one side of the bottom as you're trying to unscrew it will help. Mine sometimes seem glued on, however that happens. If not, I found you can also fill it part way just by tilting it underwater with the hole up.
  10. Ravie

    Ravie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2010
    Greenfield, Indiana
    Oh thank-you. I will try that.

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