wood chips in water and food dish

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by CharmedChicks, May 1, 2009.

  1. CharmedChicks

    CharmedChicks New Egg

    Apr 30, 2009
    Portland, Oregon
    My first post - my two and three week old babies keep filling their water dispenser with the wood shavings that I put in their brooder. I push the shavings as far from the water as possible but I have to clean it out twice a day.

    I am so loving having the babies. They're so cute with their new feathers and fuzzy heads I'll post photos as soon as I get good ones.
  2. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Most people solve this problem by elevating the feeder/waterer with bricks or pieces of wood. The height should be about = to the chicks' backs.

    Other than that, just change the water every day [​IMG]
  3. littlebowpeeps

    littlebowpeeps Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 27, 2009
    Oak Harbor WA
    I have the same problem. Even when I raised it up, I still have to clean it out about twice a day. a pain in the tail feathers but what can you do?
  4. Sequin

    Sequin Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 20, 2008
    My babies have learned how to drink out of a bottle waterer like the parrots might use(found the hanging kind in the bird aisle of petsmart) or hamsters, if you have a way of hanging it on the side of your brooder. Then they graduate to the raised waterer when they get older. I just dipped their beak to the little rolly ball end and they got it figured out pretty quick. Saves me Tons of time and gross factor from having to clean the little chicks waterer.


    Last edited: May 1, 2009
  5. JewellFarm

    JewellFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2009
    Lebanon, Virginia
    My husband cut wood blocks out of a two x four or something. Mine kept theirs absolutely full and I was changing my maybe four or five times a day. After elevating the food and water, I now change once maybe sometimes twice a day which is a lot better than what I was doing. Hope this helps.
  6. minifarmgurl1

    minifarmgurl1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2009
    WOW good idea with the water bottle!! im going to remember that!!
  7. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I use wire in the bottom of my brooders. I have never had the chicks feet go through the wire and the water and feed stay clean. I have a tray with pine shavings in their brooder for them to scratch around and lay in. I had a brooder before with a solid floor and even though I had their waterer and feeder raised they were constantly getting shavings in their feed and water where I was cleaning them out several times a day so I went to the wire brooders. There are pictures on my BYC Page.

    Here is a pic of one of the brooders.
    Last edited: May 2, 2009
  8. Bagdad Chicken Mom

    Bagdad Chicken Mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2009
    Milton, Florida
    Hello all new chicken Moms! My beautiful biddies are 3 weeks old. Their fuzzy physique has been turning into beautiful feathers. They are even doing some flying lol. They are so cute. I just love talking to them. They look forward to seeing me a couple times a day. Have a great weekend. Can't wait to get the chicks into their new best looking chicken coop in Santa Rosa County! [​IMG] They will be so glad to be in a larger area than a box with light for now.
  9. Bagdad Chicken Mom

    Bagdad Chicken Mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2009
    Milton, Florida
    Cmom, Loved all your pictures and all your critters! Nice garden and ponds too. [​IMG]
  10. BluegrassSeramas

    BluegrassSeramas Serama Savvy

    Aug 25, 2008
    Central Kentucky
    Great ideas. Do all the bird waterers have the red ball?

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