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Chickens locked in coop all day

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Help! When getting the hens up this morning we didn't unlock the bottom door out into their run, I only realised this when I came to put them to bed. They were trapped in the underneath bit and they had food but NO water! When I realised they had gone all day without water I immediately got them some to drink on the perch, one hen drank lots and meant the others didn't get as much, I will make sure though in funture the door is always opened. Will they be okay having only a few sips of water in a day? Will they die or become very ill? PLEASE COULD SOMEONE HELP AS I AM VERY WORRIED!!

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Help! When getting the hens up this morning we didn't unlock the bottom door out into their run, I only realised this when I came to put them to bed. They were trapped in the underneath bit and they had food but NO water! When I realised they had gone all day without water I immediately got them some to drink on the perch, one hen drank lots and meant the others didn't get as much, I will make sure though in funture the door is always opened. Will they be okay having only a few sips of water in a day? Will they die or become very ill? PLEASE COULD SOMEONE HELP AS I AM VERY WORRIED!!
If it was only for one day and they had the option to drink when you came home then they should be fine. smile.png
Four lovely hens : An Exbattery Hen, a Lavender Araucana, a Wheaten Marans and a Gold Laced Frizzle Polish
Two dogs and four cats.
If you want to read my chicken adventure, here it is :
http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/947562/my-story-our-experience-join-me-on-my-adventure.
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Four lovely hens : An Exbattery Hen, a Lavender Araucana, a Wheaten Marans and a Gold Laced Frizzle Polish
Two dogs and four cats.
If you want to read my chicken adventure, here it is :
http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/947562/my-story-our-experience-join-me-on-my-adventure.
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In the long term they will be fine. In the short term they will be fine but you might see a disruption in egg laying. They will get over it.

When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

 

"If you make every game a life-and-death proposition, you're going to have problems. For one thing, you'll be dead a lot." — former North Carolina coach Dean Smith

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

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When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

 

"If you make every game a life-and-death proposition, you're going to have problems. For one thing, you'll be dead a lot." — former North Carolina coach Dean Smith

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

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okay thanks

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Right, I'll watch out for that, thank you.

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