What are some ways to keep the water clean

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by one_egg_at_a_time, Mar 3, 2009.

  1. one_egg_at_a_time

    one_egg_at_a_time In the Brooder

    Feb 25, 2009
    Dade City, FL
    I have my now one week old chicks on pine shavings. I can not keep them from kicking the shavings in the water. I have it on a small bit of wood. But I am still cleaning it all the time. Any words of advice?

  2. mommathea

    mommathea Songster

    Feb 4, 2009
    I put mine on a plastic dinner plate that we had bought for when we go camping. We still do get a little shavings but nothing like it was before.
    If I keep the plate cleaned off regularly then it greatly diminishes the debris that gets in the water
  3. peepsnbunnies

    peepsnbunnies Songster

    Mar 31, 2007
    Central Florida
    Just like mommathea said, you can elevate the waterer a little bit. I use a small wooden block that is approx the same size as the bottom of the waterer or a shallow bowl approx the same size as the bottom of the waterer and turn it upside down, put the waterer on top. You just have to make sure it is not too tall for little tiny chicks to reach.

  4. FarmGirl01

    FarmGirl01 Songster

    Feb 5, 2008
    I put mine on bricks. The water stays perfectly clean.
  5. agirly4chicks

    agirly4chicks Songster

    Feb 16, 2009
    Hamilton, Georgia USA
    I use a old DVD case to lift mine up higher.

  6. one_egg_at_a_time

    one_egg_at_a_time In the Brooder

    Feb 25, 2009
    Dade City, FL
    Thanks for all the ideas and baout how many times a day do you change it. Maybe as I am new I feel like I am doing it all the time.
  7. CackleFan

    CackleFan In the Brooder

    Oct 1, 2008
    I bought 4 8x8x16 Gray Concrete Block at Lowes at a discount price of 0.39 each. I put the waterer on top of it. It works great under $2.
  8. lisahaschickens

    lisahaschickens Songster

    Feb 25, 2009
    Vancouver, WA
    When mine were a week old, I was changing the water at least 4 times per day because they made it their mission in life to fill up both waterers with shavings over and over again as fast as possible. Raising them up on wood helped a TEENY bit. The total solution to the problem? When I moved them out to the (closed up and draft free with two heat lamps) coop with a lot more space. Now they are 3.5 weeks old and they have enough room to scratch and they get basically no shavings in the waterers.
  9. AK_Button_Mama

    AK_Button_Mama Songster

    Dec 30, 2008
    Wasilla, Alaska
    Rabbit water bottles.... that is what I use. I had the standard typ bottle in there until they were a week old but after that the get a rabbit bottle. no mess and not allost of wasted water. good luck!

    here is a photo of the kind I use and for the babies I use a smaller one. more like a mouse sized opening. they all catch on very quickly because it shiny and they try to peck it.

    another cool advantage to this method of watering is I dont have beak issues any more. I had a few girls whose beak was a bit over grown... well when they stick the beak up in the opening to get water they really lightly shave the exsess beak off. its awesome!!! they poke thier beak inside the nipple and move the little ball thingy out of the way they let the water run into thier throats...

    its also very entertaining to watch them drink this way!!! I have days when I jsut go out and sit and watch the bird drink, and I also give them sand to dust bathe in and sit and giggle to myself about how cute those buggar are!!!


  10. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    You want to keep it as high as you can with them still being able to easily drink (even the smallest ones), and you can put it on a piece of plywood set atop the bedding to reduce how many shavings are *near* it...

    ...but TIME is the biggest cure. As they get larger, they get less messy (well maybe not technically, but you get to keep the waterer higher above the bedding and that alone will make a big difference in how long the water stays clean).

    Hang in there, in a week or two you will see real difference [​IMG]

    Have fun,


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