grullablue

Songster
11 Years
Feb 27, 2008
326
6
154
Madison, Wisconsin
Our chicks are two weeks old now. I'm doing all I can to keep fresh, clean water in front of them all the time. They are getting the pine shavings in it just as quickly as I give it to them. (I bought a chicken waterer with the bottle on top, stainless steel pan on the bottom). Does anyone have any wonderful ideas to help decrease the amount of bedding they get in the water? Or different waterer ideas? I'm wondering if I put a piece of cardboard in the corner underneath the waterer if that might help? I change the waterer SEVERAL times a day, but the minute I put it down, they've already got bedding in it, and within several minutes, it's saturated with bedding. Of course I know it's important for them to have fresh water available at all times. Since I'm new to this, I'm hoping others who are experienced might be able to share what works for them!

Angie
 

Tuffoldhen

Flock Mistress
12 Years
Jan 30, 2007
7,502
76
301
WV
I've been keeping a puppy pad on one side of the brooder under the waterer and feeder, that seems to help alot.. They don't get to kick the pine shavings into them as much....
 

mandomama

Songster
11 Years
Mar 18, 2008
241
3
129
corvallis oregon
I was having the same problem and i put an old cutting board (plastic type) with a paper towel over it and then put the waterer on top. Seems to be working and I can change out the paper towel a couple of times day and it helps keep the brooder a little cleaner.
 

Wildsky

Wild Egg!
12 Years
Oct 13, 2007
11,967
35
336
California
Quote:I'll second that.

I have a large thin piece of wood on that side of the brooder, with a thicker block under the waterer. Make sure its not TOO high, up to chick chest is as high as it should be.

You'll have to change the water once a day anyway - but this should help keep it from being TOTALLY full of shavings.
 

Jolly_Rancher

In the Brooder
11 Years
Mar 4, 2008
65
2
29
Vermilion County, Illinois
My two tsc chicks are 2 weeks old, I had the same waterer on a 3/4 in piece of vinyl board and just noticed this week they were kicking up enough shavings to dirty the water way too fast, ie seconds after I changed it.. I added another block, raising the waterer a total of 1 1/2" off the floor, and so far.. no shavings in the water all day... yipee!!

Now till tomorrow for thier new trick..

I am sure it will have something to do with these newly sprouted tailfeathers..


(if I could figure out how to post a picture on this site I would but so far..
 

jnjross

Songster
12 Years
Apr 3, 2008
1,112
5
184
edwards, ms
I sat mine on an old 9in cake pan, i have a slide top feeder i place it close so they can't scratch around the waterer
tomarrow they will start sitting on the water bottle
 
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