IN THIS SERIES, I’M GOING TO BREAK DOWN THE FIVE MOST IMPORTANT PARTS TO SETTING UP A QUALITY BROODER FOR CHICKS.
In (Part 1) we picked a brooder, (Part 2) the heat source was chosen, and (Part 3) we discussed different bedding choices. (Part 4) we are going to enter the world of feeders and drinkers. There are many great choices when it comes to feeders and drinkers for chicks. The most important thing is keeping the food and water clean of droppings. Allowing an unlimited supply of fresh water is necessary. I also like to have a separate drinker that has electrolytes, probiotics, or apple cider vinegar in it.
Manufactured by Miller Manufacturing Company these great little feeders and drinkers come in an assortment of fun colors. You can either purchase their plastic jar or feel free to use a mason jar. The 1qt size is perfect for new peeps being gravity fed ensures just the right amount of food will be released. The shallow drinkers hold just enough water to dunk their little beaks helping to insure against drownings. They also produce a small trough feeder that works well. Prefer metal to plastic? Metal versions of these feeders and drinkers are also available.
Absolutely love this 1-gallon drinker with three stage adjustable legs. You can expand the height as the chicks become larger. Preventing droppings and feathers from getting into the water is a little easier with this product. They are working hard on producing a feeder to match. Hopefully coming to stores later this year.
This nifty little invention is designed to keep drinkers and feeders out of the bedding. It helps to provide a cleaner area around the feeding station. I could not seem to find out who manufactured this product however, it can be purchased through Premier 1 Supplies. It has great reviews from chicken lovers everywhere.
DIY Brooder Bottle
I came across this idea a few years ago after being downright annoyed with dirty water. They work great! I do suggest having a secondary drinker for a few days till they learn the nipple system. These are easy to make in just a few steps. The nipples are cheap and can be picked up at any farm store.
What will you need?
- 2-liter pop bottle
- Drill and 21/64th drill bit 1/2 in bit, and a tiny bit for the wire or string
- Wire or string
- Side cutters or scissors
- Chicken nipple
- Plumbing tape
Now, this is going to be super easy. Drill 21/64 hole into the pop cap. Wrap the nipple with plumbers tape around the thread and screw into the cap. Place two small holes across from each other to place a wire or string to hang the drinker from. I also drilled a hole big enough to fill it with, you can skip this step and twist the cap on and off if want.
Are you feeling more confident and prepared for the new chick’s arrival? We only have one more part to go after this. It will be a fun one! I’m gonna help you pick out all the treats, food, and medications you should have on hand before they arrive.