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How much water do chickens drink?

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What made me ask is this.  I've got a 1-gallon water thing for 4 hens.  I fill it up twice a day.  They are either a) drinking like there's no tomorrow, or b) bumping into it all day and spilling it.  I can't tell all the time - sometimes there's a puddle, so I know they spilled it.  Other times... it's just dry.

Either way, they're not dying of thirst, but it made me wonder.   ?   big_smile

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They are drinking that much.  My 3 standards and 1 banty went through 3 gallons in 4 days.  When my 2 chicks (BA & BO) grow up, we'll have to fill that waterer every other day.

When the 3 chicks coming in April go outside, we'll have to get a 2nd waterer, I'm sure.

post #3 of 15

Chickens drink far more water than any one human being could.  They amaze me.

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post #4 of 15

Hmm... I haul a 1g container out every day for 18 chickens (2 being bantams) and it tops off the water bucket just fine.  Sometimes there is extra.

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now Id be tempted to say some is leaking or spilling.  my one gallon waterer lasts my 6 chickens about a day and a half.  If it is not even it will leak out because of the gravity fed spigot thing.  I may give up my waterer all together and just keep the large bowl I have now that I was using in the winter.

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post #6 of 15

Yeah chickens drink alot. I read that they drink do much because their eggs are almost completly made of water.

13 Golden Comet Hens, 4 RIR Hens, 4 Leghorn Hens, 1 Leghorn Rooster, 2 Khaki Campbell Ducks
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13 Golden Comet Hens, 4 RIR Hens, 4 Leghorn Hens, 1 Leghorn Rooster, 2 Khaki Campbell Ducks
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post #7 of 15

For my flock I have to fill up 2 1 gallon's everyday and I just added a 3 gallon  ( I think) at feed time today because there 1 gallons were all most all drank in 10 mins.

But I also water 60+ fowl


Edited by countryboy88 - 3/25/09 at 5:14pm
Chickens- 5-Rhode Island Reds,10-Barred Rocks,5-White leghorns,5-Buff Orpingtons,5-Buff Minorca,5-Delaware,5-SilverLacedWyandotte5-Buff Rock,5-Partridge Rock,5-Ameraucana(Green Eggs),5-Silver Spangled Hamburgs,2-Silver Phoenix
10 Goats, 9 Ducks, 2 Turkeys, 3 indoor cats, and 1 White German Shepard
All located at Double F Farms
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Chickens- 5-Rhode Island Reds,10-Barred Rocks,5-White leghorns,5-Buff Orpingtons,5-Buff Minorca,5-Delaware,5-SilverLacedWyandotte5-Buff Rock,5-Partridge Rock,5-Ameraucana(Green Eggs),5-Silver Spangled Hamburgs,2-Silver Phoenix
10 Goats, 9 Ducks, 2 Turkeys, 3 indoor cats, and 1 White German Shepard
All located at Double F Farms
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post #8 of 15

In the summer my 20 go through about 6 gallons. Fill up the three gallon waterer twice a day... 2nd time with ice in it.

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"With God, ALL things are possible."

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Former keeper of hens, life isn't much fun without chickens... but

 

"With God, ALL things are possible."

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post #9 of 15

O.k. so I am not losing my mind....I just got a 3 gallon waterer and my 11 ladies are attacking me when I arrive with refills.  I had one fly straight up to my face and landing in the bucket I was carrying, and sucking it down as I carried her in the bucket.

I figured they had been spilling as well....but they really do drink...well, like fish!

post #10 of 15

Mine are only drinking about a quart a day for 3 chickens.  It is still pretty cold here.  I'm planning to get them a bigger waterer before summer.  From this thread, it sounds like I should perhaps consider larger than the 1 gallon?

I notice that they often go for a drink directly after laying an egg.

A varied urban flock of 1 SLW (Lacie), 1 BR (Claudia), 1 BA (Sheila), and 1 Welsummer (Cassie).  New in May 2012: four miniature Silver Appleyard ducklings, now being raised by Lacie.

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A varied urban flock of 1 SLW (Lacie), 1 BR (Claudia), 1 BA (Sheila), and 1 Welsummer (Cassie).  New in May 2012: four miniature Silver Appleyard ducklings, now being raised by Lacie.

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