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What the heck are they doing?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by twinnersmom, May 19, 2009.

  1. twinnersmom

    twinnersmom Out Of The Brooder

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    I have no idea what my chicks are doing or why! I change their feeder and waterer at least 5-6 times daily because they fill it with their pine nest and then its soaked up by the water and they dont peck through the nest for their food. I have to keep constantly changing it because I worry they wont eat or drink. Does anyone one know why they are doing it and ideas to stop it? I have tried putting less nest in or putting none around the feeder and water but they still do it [​IMG]
     
  2. Chicken Fruit

    Chicken Fruit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2009
    Echo Homestead
    Shavings are the worst bedding ever. They wick the water right out of the waterer and soak it up through the entire brooder making a high holy mess. All they need to do it scratch near the waterer and thats the end of it.

    Use pellets. Put the waterer up on a block of wood.
     
  3. twinnersmom

    twinnersmom Out Of The Brooder

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    What type of pellets? I am a total newbie, the farm we bought them from said pine nest is best and he has always used it but I am so frustrated with it.
     
  4. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    You can try elevating their feeder and waterer above the level of the bedding. I always put mine up on small boards or a brick. Its normal for them to scratch their bedding, particularly around the food source and they will do this continually....so you are fighting a losing battle! [​IMG]

    Depending on your brooder, some folks will suspend the waterer and feeder at chick shoulder height for this very reason. As long as they can still reach in for food and water, this is okay.
     
  5. jus1jack

    jus1jack Critically Endangered

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    hanging the feed and water works like a charm...
     
  6. lovin'mychicks

    lovin'mychicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, they are going to be messy... how old are they??

    I always start mine out with no bedding and with their food on a shallow surface like a cool whip container lid. Also, (I learned this from raising quail) I add rocks like gravel from the drive to their waterier so that even if they step in there they don't get really wet, make a mess, or drown.

    After about 2-3 days once I am sure they know where to look for their food, I move their food to a feeder in the same location as I piled it before and add bedding to one side of the brooder.

    This is what works for me. I am blessed that my brooder has 1/2 floor and 1/2 wire floor so I put bedding in one side, feed/water on the other.

    Hope some of this helps...
     
  7. Chicken Fruit

    Chicken Fruit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2009
    Echo Homestead
    yeah its just awful, that pine stuff.

    I use horse pelleted bedding- not feed pellets. Your local farm supply or TSC will have it, probably about 6 bucks. It comes in a 20-40 pound bag.

    TSC sells a small animal pelleted bedding for 5 dollars. its nice for brand new chicks- under a week or two old. Its called Cozy'n'Fresh.

    Its honestly the best stuff ever. It lasts for nearly a week in the brooder, more depending o nthe size and depth. I use it in my big cardboard brooder from 2 weeks nearly 4 weeks until they go out.

    Good stuff that!
     
  8. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

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    Quote:That is what I did. I used a baking dish turned upside down so the waterer & feeder were at their chest level.
     
  9. cmjust0

    cmjust0 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 30, 2009
    Central KY
    I hung the drinker pretty quick after we got them, and now it's usually only got a few pine shavings in it at the end of the day.. Stays pretty clean.

    Got a 10lb hanging feeder yesterday, too. Had been using the long 'rail' type feeders, but they were getting all crapped up and full of shavings. So far, the hanging feeder seems to be much, much cleaner.

    Plus, if you hang the feeder and drinker at shoulder height, they can walk and lay underneath them too.. When you've only got 12sqft in a brooder for 28 4+wk old chicks, you take all the real estate you can get.. If they were on the floor, the feeder and drinker together would probably take up close to 2sqft...that's like giving up 17% of your space!
     
  10. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:Yep, what Beekissed said.
     

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