Water mess in the brooder

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by grullablue, Mar 8, 2014.

  1. grullablue

    grullablue Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 27, 2008
    Madison, Wisconsin
    I have three, 2 week old Cayuga ducks. My GOODNESS do they grow fast!! Two are crested, one more than the other, and it's growing on me. Hard not to smile looking at that poof on his/her head!

    Of course I know ducks like water... but HOLY COW are they making a mess. They have a typical chicken waterer, gravity flow. This part I obviously must not have researched into enough. How on earth can I keep them from making such a mess in the brooder? Of course, once they're old enough and away from their heat lamp, they can make all the mess they want. But I'm trying to keep that brooder dry...and just not having ANY luck at all. Is it just the way it's going to be?

  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    Here's one solution place inside a baking sheet also and cut holes larger as they grow. https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/426909/non-spill-duckling-waterer
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    Here are mine. I started with quart yogurt containers, then moved to larger containers as they grew.


    you have to be careful with these though that they don't climb inside. again cut holes to accommodate the head size.
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2014
  3. latb611

    latb611 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 28, 2014
    I agree I am trying to figure this out. My broader is not big enough to accommodate the idea with the drawer but I might have to try the gallon jug with the hole in it. I have tried hanging my waterer so they can't tip it over but they still fling and dribble it all over. We are cleaning out the shavings at least 3 times a day.
  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    With ducks no matter what your going to have mess, trying to keep it at a minimum is where we have our work cut out for us.
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2014
  5. ihavechicks

    ihavechicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 13, 2010
    Cypress Inn, TN
    I tried the gallon jug with the hole this weekend. We cut the hole big enough for our largest duck to drink out of & my smallest baby tried to climb inside. Luckily I was watching and was able to pull it out. It seems to be a good idea if all the ducks are around the same size. Just make sure you watch closely.
  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    I agree them lil things can get themselves into big trouble quick. Good you were watching.

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