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Posted by Jack Spirko about 9 years ago
If you have ever dealt with brooding ducks you know they turn the brooder into a wet, sticky, gross and ever loving mess. Even when you make waterers that let them get their heads into the water but not climb in it they still manage to splace it everywhere.
This truns the brooders bedding into a paste like wet sopping mess. Worst yet it can lead to disease and even death due to young birds getting simply too cold. Last year we lost several young ducks and in the end it seemed they simply died from being wet while still in the fuzzy stage and unable to find a clean, dry spot.
We change the bedding daily but if this happens over night you end up with wet, sick and often dead ducklings. Our solution last year was simply to remove the water in the evening and give it back in the morning. It worked but they still made a daily mess and I just don't feel good about babies going that long without water.
While I made this specifically for ducks and to deal with their water issues. It would also work well for feeders and waterers for other birds like chickens to keep things both dry and clean. It will easily keep bedding out of the food and water as well.
The best part is WHEN not if but WHEN your babies manage to fully drain a waterer by tipping it over or just simply off level, all the water goes into a nice resivor vs. trashing your brooder and making it stink to high heaven.
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