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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2016 8:54 am 
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I have some chicks I hatched a couple of weeks ago. They are doing well but as is usual they are dirty little guys that like to poop in their water supply.
Currently using one of the chick waterers ie. the white bulb top with the green base but it get dirty after a few hours.

I tried screwing one of the auto drinker cups into the bottom of an old water bottle but that idea needs a bit of work to stop a leak so I'm not trusting that at the moment. I can imagine the bottom of the brooder box awash with leaked water.

What does everyone else use? Someone must have come up with a great idea to keep the water clean??


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2016 9:18 am 
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Yes you run a real risk of coccidiosis outbreaks with dirty water.

Try putting the water (as it is) on a couple of bricks, or something similar, so that when they drink they have to stretch their necks. Another option would be to suspend it at the right height from something above the waterer.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2016 11:13 am 
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Hanging waterer works best


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2016 11:14 am 
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Yup, propping it up higher usually helps.

Do you know where the nipple waterer is leaking from? Sometimes you need some teflon tape on the thread as you screw it in, and if they are the red ones, sometimes the bottom part of it gets unscrewed slightly, so just try tightening it up. A (ceramic/teracotta, something heavy that will stay in place) pot plant base underneath it can help isolate any drips though, there will be some as they are drinking anyway.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2016 4:14 pm 
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Thanks I will put it up on something whilst I am working out how to get the bottle waterer to stop leaking.
It's amazing how my brain switches off these days.....why didn't I think of that?? (sigh)


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2016 4:40 pm 
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Lol, I know the feeling. This picture becomes more relevant with each passing day...:P

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2016 4:54 pm 
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Yep, I seem to have an ongoing case of the 'dumb'.

One thing I am noticing about these chicks (5) is there is one 'attack' chicken and an 'attack' support chicken.
Cockerels I fear. Little sods are having a go at me already.

Someone should mention to them that their survival chances are going down with each attack!!
They stretch themselves up to full height...all of 12cm....and will latch on to my hand if I don't poke them first.
It is time they moved up to the next coop size I think!


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