The mystery of the empty chick waterer SOLVED + A Warning about Paper Towels ........

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Natalierose, Mar 26, 2015.

  1. Natalierose

    Natalierose Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 9, 2015
    Snohomish, WA
    Twice now I've come home to my chicks waterer being empty and the paper towels/ sawdust in the bottom of the brooder being soaking wet.

    The container was still standing up.

    It was still connected to the base.

    I was scratching my head trying to figure out how they emptied ALL their water out of the chick waterer.

    Well tonight I was in bed working and heard the "blurb blurb blurb" noise of the waterer releasing more water down....then a little later heard it again...and I went to go investigate and realized that a folded over sheet of paper towel was in the dish of the waterer! The Paper towel would just keep soaking up more and more water from the dish- and the waterer would release more down into the dish.

    So mystery solved -and that's my warning!

    Make sure you don't have excess paper towels or loose paper towels near the waterer. [​IMG]
  2. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Put your waterer up on a block of wood or a brick. Problem solved.
  3. LLCoyote

    LLCoyote Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 24, 2011
    I switched to poultry nipples and they learned to use them in about ten minutes. I put their regular waterer in, just for over night cause I was worried, and didn't take it out for another day. They weren't even touching it. I think they like the nipple bucket because their water is always clean. It keeps my bedding dry too. Definitely would not go back.

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