Stupid waterer

When there are chicks I have to go to Landlady’s place at least twice a day to check on them. They go through way more than one feeder’s worth of food per day, and then there’s troubles like this…

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I have a couple of these stupid cheap-ass plastic waterers from when we first started raising chickens. I keep them for chicks because they fit in the cage, but I hate them. Sometimes the threads on the bottom pull right loose and dump all the water. And sometimes, as happened last night, when they’re not on a perfectly level surface you can get a bottle-emptying siphon thing going and a whole bunch of very thirsty chicks by morning.

They’re fully feathered now but I want them to get a little bigger before I open the cage and let them transition to General Pop. Hopefully by now the hens are sufficiently used to their presence that the ritual fitting-in-to-the-pecking-order won’t get bloody.

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4 Responses to Stupid waterer

  1. Judy says:

    Amen, on the plastic waterers! I switched to a rubber bucket as fast as the chicks could reach over the lip to get a drink.

  2. Joel says:

    I’ve used those! And other people have used them with success which suggests I was doing something wrong because my chickens were always in distress from thirst until I got my present waterers.

  3. Heathen says:

    The article said you may need to train the chickens to use it. And younger ones may take to them easier.

    Also said it was better to not try to switch them when the weather was too hot. Not an ideal thing considering your location, I’d suppose.

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