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post #11 of 15
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Is overnight ok for 10 week old pullets to be without food and water if they have had access to food and water all day?

Yes. They should be fine. Why are you limiting their food? Before people slaughter they will often withdraw all food to prevent waste when butchering.

Regards,
Leaf
post #12 of 15
I put them inside a hen house at night with a door because if the storms latley at night and im noticing its not big enough for food and water receptacles.
post #13 of 15
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I put them inside a hen house at night with a door because if the storms latley at night and im noticing its not big enough for food and water receptacles.

They should be fine, but I would add a source of water if possible. Food wouldn't be a problem, but you can usually attach a waterer to the wall or even add a small bowl.

Regards,
Leaf
post #14 of 15
Chickens won't eat or drink in the dark so it's ok to not have food and water in the coop during the night as long as you let them out as soon as they wake up...

As for how long, a few hours without water can disrupt egg laying and start to cause issues... They can go a few days without food if necessary, but it's not good for them to go more then a few hours during the day, as they are an all day long feed in waste out animal, they have very little fat reserves and are not designed to 'coast' long periods between eating like mammals do...
Edited by MeepBeep - 4/1/16 at 2:45pm
post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by MeepBeep View Post

Chickens won't eat or drink in the dark so it's ok to not have food and water in the coop during the night as long as you let them out as soon as they wake up...

As for how long, a few hours without water can disrupt egg laying and start to cause issues... They can go a few days without food if necessary, but it's not good for them to go more then a few hours during the day, as they are an all day long feed in waste out animal, they have very little fat reserves and are not designed to 'coast' long periods between eating like mammals do...

Well, they won't eat when asleep, but some will eat when it is dark if they can locate food and water. That doesn't mean they need it though.

Regards,
Leaf
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