|Nipples over Red|
My clever Reds and Oreo like water. They poo in it every chance they get. But I am in possession of opposable thumbs and a larger brain, so I set out to eliminate their water pollution situation.
I tried hanging a rabbit waterer in the run. They first used this as little chicks in the fancy brooder cage. Given the chance to peck something semi-new, they pecked at it, got a drop of water, and despite their chickeny astonishment, pecked at it again.
Thus encouraged, I ordered the aforementioned Nipple Waterer kit. I also ordered an 11/32" drill bit to install it. They are supposed to be hard to find, but I found one easily enough:
It was easy to drill the holes in the bottom of a plastic bucket and suspend the bucket where the chickens could imbibe. The harder part was getting them to drink.
Half of the Reds were smart enough to drink from the nipples.
|Smart Reds drink without soiling their water|
|Dumb looks are free|
The rest of the flock preferred to drink the poo tea they made every morning from the fresh water I provided.
|They say the fittest shall survive. Yet the unfit may live.|
OK, so I got outsmarted by poo-pullets. But at least the flock gets clean water when they have absolutely no other choice.