It is amazing how dirty the pans can get over night. I leave the pans fairly clean at night and full of water.
In the morning the water is gone and dirt has dried hard in the pan. It won't come out with just rinsing.
Since these pans are outside the chicken pen I think the local wildlife come by at night and make themselves at home.
Some of the animals probably just want a drink, but I'll blame the raccoons for getting the pans all messy. They like to wash their food in water.
Sometimes the pans are knocked over, but most of the time the pans are just empty. Except for the dirt.
This is a neat little video of raccoons eating and washing their food.
My brother and sil used to have an extended family of raccoons that they would feed, but we don't leave feed out and the raccoons are not around in the daytime when Morgan is out and about watching the chickens. But, I'm sure the raccoons are around at night looking for scratch the chickens missed and anything else they can find.
Peek at the Past
(September 6, 2009)
[3 eggs today]