what the holy hellfire is the secret to keeping chick's water clean??

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Chicken Fruit, Mar 8, 2009.

  1. Chicken Fruit

    Chicken Fruit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2009
    Echo Homestead
    AHHH! I ususally put a piece of cardboard under the waterer to help.. but i still have to empty it out a couple times a day to keep it clean.

    I suppose its no the end of all things- it just seems like someone should have figured out a better plan by now.

    Iam just using those simple red screw-a-jar-on-the-top waterers from TSC.
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Raise the waterer. I had a bunch of 12"x12" by 1 inch thick boards I found right before I got my chicks. I started with one board and kept adding a board and raising it as the chicks grew.
    You want it at the height of your smallest chick's back.
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2009
  3. kitchwitch

    kitchwitch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 3, 2009
    Greensburg, Pa
    dance in a circle while reaching your hands back to touch your elbows and clucking like...well, like a chicken!

    it works everytime [​IMG]
  4. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

    Aug 24, 2008
    Southern Ohio
    Make a frame out of 1 inch wood and cover with 1/4 hardware cloth to set the waterer on. This also helps keep the chicks out of the wet bedding.
  5. Chicken Downunder

    Chicken Downunder Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 22, 2009
    New Zealand
    I also raise the water feeder, kept on putting thick paving tiles under it as the chicks grew. They still manage to get feathers, pea straw in it but no way as back as before [​IMG]
  6. JudyH

    JudyH Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 21, 2009
    Gulf Coast of Alabama
    I am so glad that someone asked this question!!! I am so tired of changing the water out. Those little girls just keep getting it all mucked up! I will work on doing this tomorrow morning when I can get outside and find some wood to put under it. I am also using the red jar screw things too.
  7. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Quote:[​IMG] Raising it doesn't work for me- they just hop up, turn around to brag about their prowess and POO! I am resigned to changing the water every few hours. [​IMG]
  8. Chicken Fruit

    Chicken Fruit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2009
    Echo Homestead
    Quote:I HAVE been! I think theyre laughing at me...

    i think puting it up a little with some mesh wire is a good idea. That makes sense. I dont have to worry about wet spots in the bedding. I use Cozy 'n fresh pellet bedding. I've had insane luck with it. I love it. No stinkies, no wet spots, no cedar, plus it burns great, and it composts wonderfully.

    I think i'll try a little wire mesh platform...
    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 8, 2009
  9. houndit

    houndit There is no H or F in Orpington!

    Jul 13, 2008
    Braymer Missouri
    Sometimes a little vinegar in the water helps.
  10. Sissy

    Sissy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2007
    Sevier county, Tn.
    I have changed the water 4 times and will again before saying good night.
    and thats 20 in the brooder in our bathroom .
    but it comes with the territory LOL
    But I have raised mine on a board.

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