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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by vthomeschoolmom, Jun 18, 2010.

  1. vthomeschoolmom

    vthomeschoolmom New Egg

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    I have a watering thing for my chicks. It is a quart jar that screws into a delivery mechanism. When they were just born, I was told to put little marble like things in the water so the chicks don't fall in and drown. They chicks are 4 or so weeks old now. Are they old enough not to drown in the watering thing now? I would think so. I have to pick the pine shavings out of the dang thing a couple of times a day. It gets old!

    Thanks

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  2. One Acre Wonder Farm

    One Acre Wonder Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 20, 2009
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    I take the marbles out after a few days. They'll be fine without them now that they're four weeks [​IMG]
     
  3. newchicksnducks

    newchicksnducks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yeah, the drowning stage is definately over! [​IMG] You could try placing your water up on a few bricks to elevate it from the shavings level. This will help dramatically in the number in shavings making it into the water.
     
  4. vthomeschoolmom

    vthomeschoolmom New Egg

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    Nevermind... I just looked at them. Their heads are too big to drown in that teeny thing of water. Thanks!

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  5. vthomeschoolmom

    vthomeschoolmom New Egg

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    mmmm bricks. Good idea! Not having to pick the stupid shavings out would be great. The sweet little cuties are currently enjoying the hot outdoors. They are pecking cheerfully.

    Thanks for your help!

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  6. kaitlyn_rae2003

    kaitlyn_rae2003 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    bricks! how easy would that be! lord knows how many times ive gone and dug out the shavings! goodness, what a easy/great idea! LOL thanks so much
     
  7. they'reHISchickens

    they'reHISchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have begun putting the waterers on large wide blocks in the brooder. The chicks hop up on the block to drink. It really helps keep shavings out of the water and it give the chicks something to do. Hop up
    Hop down
    Hop up
    Hop down
     
  8. 3chimama

    3chimama Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    I use bricks as well and it works great!!
     
  9. jeb251

    jeb251 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you might try nipples, I use them from day one, no shavings in the water and no wet spots, I get mine at farm teck, but other places have them now
     

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