ChickenMasta1105

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Hi! I have 4 approx 10 week old chickens, and for the past 2 days they have not been drinking that much water. They all behave normally, energetic, pecking around,eating normally, but I havent seen them drink too much recently, they take a sip or too and go away. Their, droppings are also fine. Where I live it is cold but like 15 to 20 degrees recently, in winters, so is it normal for them to not drink too much? Also, there is a pipe that drips water and sometimes they drink from it.
 

Chookchicken

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I find that chicks around that age are easily distracted, they are probably drinking then see something that looks interesting and want to go peck it. I wouldn’t worry especially since they are still drinking.
 

David61

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add water to the chicken feed and it makes oatmeal kind of mash. I use hot water on cold days . I add electrolytes to the water or meds as they like a mash but not things added to water. If they haven't had mash they will go nuts when they do.
 

CatsandCrops

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I've found on really cold days here, they will drink less than normal water, but when it warms up to the 30s (why did we choose such a tundra where I say, "warm up to the 30s" like that's warm lol) they will drink a bit more. I say as long as they are acting normal it's no biggie. I also compare it to myself - some days you feel a bit more thirsty than others :idunno

The mash idea is a great one! We feed pellets so the left over crumbs or dust at the bottom of the feeders gets turned into a warm oatmeal "treat" for the monsters who act like they have never been fed before when they see the tray
 

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