living2ride

Songster
11 Years
Feb 17, 2008
179
1
131
Illinois
Anybody know if chicks, and even adult chickens, will drink from a water bottle? You know, the type used for rabbits and other critters? I know when I had parakeets, I used one and they'd drink from it, but what about chickens? I'm so sick of cleaning shavings out of the chick waterer, it would take up much less floor space in the brooder box, and the water would certainly remain cleaner. Plus, it would be nice to hang up for a broody hen, so she wouldn't have to leave the nest so often or for birds that needs to be separated for whatever reason... Thoughts?
 

Gersbud

Songster
12 Years
Apr 25, 2007
217
0
139
Central Michigan
I have gotten from the feed store a small top that you can put on a Soda (Pop) bottle. Fits right on the top and has a small tray(looks kind like a finger). Just tip over and you have water. I used when I has chicks.
 

Texas Fluffy Feet

Songster
11 Years
Feb 20, 2008
229
3
131
Arlington, TX
I have seen that posted before. Someone did start when the chicks were young and taught them to use rabbit water bottles. It's a very clever idea I think! As is using the gravity rabbit feeders that have the sifter feature.
 

Dawn419

Lost in the Woods
12 Years
Apr 16, 2007
3,366
95
238
Evening Shade, AR
I just set up a rabbit waterer for one of our extra roos and the second he saw the drop of water at the end, he went straight for it and has no trouble getting a drink from it. I'm definately going to set up more "rabbit" waterers for the chickens.

Dawn
 

chickiepoo

Songster
12 Years
Jun 28, 2007
218
0
129
coastal South Carolina
Good idea. You just answered a question for me as to providing water for some slightly older chicks I'll be getting Sunday. I have an extra water bottle, do I'll put that on the cage with the six littlest ones and put the waterer I have in there out for the older chicks and maybe for the broody I will put in the same place when I move her Sunday. Thanks!
 

living2ride

Songster
11 Years
Feb 17, 2008
179
1
131
Illinois
I'm glad to hear that water bottles have worked for some of you. I really want to try it when I move my current batch of chicks from the brooder into the bigger rabbit hutch. It'll leave a lot more floor space for them, and a lot less mess for me! Anybody else who tries it before then, post back and let us know how it goes if you think of it. Thanks!
 

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