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Will you give me some ideas for securing the feeder and waterer?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by PunkinPeep, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have six week-old pullets - six of them. I use the little metal slider feeder with the head holes in it and a plastic waterer where you fill the canister and it screws upside-down onto the dish. You know what i'm talking about, right?

    Well, i need some ideas for keeping my girls from knocking them over. It started when i put them up on a couple of 2x4s. I guess they get so excited that they end up knocking everything down. So i thought that maybe the 2x4s were just too narrow, so i put the feeder and waterer back on the ground until i can find something better to prop things up on, and the next time i went out there, everything was knocked down again.

    Would love to get some ideas on what to do. I tried to do a search, but i didn't really come up with anything.

    I'm a newbie, so no bit of information is too elementary for me. [​IMG]

    Thanks,

    Beth
     
  2. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    Colorado
    I feel your pain... we've all been there. I put the same feeder up on two 4x4s with them just slightly apart so the feeder kinda sits in between them. It has worked Ok, I am always happy when they go out to the coop and I can use the hanging waterer and feeder.

    Here's what I do for my chick waterer:

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    My husband used old boards to put it together and then I set it up on 4x4s. It has worked very well to keep 'stuff' out of the water.
     
  3. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ooh, that's cool. i like those ideas. i think i even have some of that screen-like material you have under the waterer. i might try that. thank you!

    anybody else have some more tips?
     
  4. BigSkyChickens

    BigSkyChickens Free Bird

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    We secured our feeder to a 2x4 with a zip tie, and put shims underneath (perpendicular to the 2x4) to keep it from tipping over. Enjoy your chickens.
     
  5. cgmccary

    cgmccary Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello Beth:

    This may sound kind of stupid but I duct tape mine down on the 2 X 4s. It works for a little while longer. It has just enough stick to keep them down for now. I change out the duct tape when I clean them. I graduate to a larger waterer as they grow. They are soon able to knock over the one gallon plastic waterers so I move to the 3 gallon one-- It never gets knocked over. I eventually move to larger, taller feeders as well. As they grow up, I give 'em bigger feeders & waterers.

    Chicks I have with mother hens simply will destroy and turn over a "chick feeder" in minutes scratching and all. I have to duct tape it on a 2X4 and then slide a 2X4 in front and in back of the one holding the feeder-- this prevents the hen from turning it over (so three 2X4s with the middle one with the long chick feeder duct tape down). I sit the water up high so the hen won't soil it and just put brick steps or wood blocks so the chicks step up to take a drink. It works.
     
  6. chicks4kids

    chicks4kids Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2009
    Northern Indiana
    I'm a newbie chicken owner myself, but personally, I have hungs my feeders and waterers. That may work for you...they can't spill them, only just bump 'em a little.
     
  7. Big C

    Big C J & C Farms

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  8. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh wow! Thanks so much for all your ideas! Duct tape is so simple (and reportedly essential for a real Texan), but it never occurred to me. [​IMG]

    All these ideas have given me lots of ideas for solutions for my girls.

    Again, thanks a million.

    Beth
     

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