What a Mess!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by 4boyz, Jul 26, 2011.

  1. 4boyz

    4boyz Out Of The Brooder

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    I got my 4 chicks yesterday. When I woke up this morning to check on them, this is what their home looked like. Any ideas on how to keep them from dumping out all of their feed? I put their food/water on a piece of wood to raise it, but that didn't seem to help. Any ideas?

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  2. Tripp16

    Tripp16 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 26, 2011
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    You did what my only tip would be. Chicks are very messy! They just can't help it. Sorry [​IMG]
     
  3. Flawedatdesign

    Flawedatdesign Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wait till you add pine shavings or something they can kick around lol
     
  4. Flawedatdesign

    Flawedatdesign Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also When they are 1-2 weeks old I don't fill the feeder all the way up. I just fill the enough to fill the bottom of the dish.
     
  5. edible_chicken

    edible_chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the cleanest way to water/feed your chicks is place your feeder and waterier, each in a box separately and place them in their home. Make sure the sides are high enough to keep them from kicking food/water all around but short enough so they can jump over into the box of feed. This will prevent feed getting into the water, vice versa, plus you'll waste less feed.


    edit.... if you have an Aldi's nearby, go there to find the perfect boxes. you can always cut the height down to size and get more boxes as the chickens get bigger.
     
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2011
  6. imusa76

    imusa76 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have the same feeder, and I never use the bottle for it for the same reason, like Flawedatdesign said " don't fill the feeder all the way up".
     
  7. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I mix water with my chicks feed, it makes a sort of mush, less mess and they LOVE it! Even my 16 week old love it!
    And, they are just messy! place the feeder in a pie tin or something else that you can pick up and reuse the food....
     
  8. jmjmcelwee

    jmjmcelwee Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Never thought about adding water...great idea!
     

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