chook filling up on water, at night. maybe its an owl?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by tegg, Jul 20, 2010.

  1. tegg

    tegg In the Brooder

    Nov 11, 2007
    hello, my chook has been drinking lost of water, mostly at night? it sits their in the dark.
    does anyone have the same problem?
  2. Annabella

    Annabella Songster

    Apr 17, 2010
    My guess it would be another creature rather than your chook. They are pretty sound sleepers and I doubt they get off the roost once its dark.
    I lose a lot of water overnight, but I am sure its the cats/possums/other things that are loose at night. [​IMG]
  3. tegg

    tegg In the Brooder

    Nov 11, 2007
    oh, well i stayed out late when the sun went down.....and out poped the chook...stumbeld in the dark to the drinker. drank alot of water, then laid a shellless egg. drank some more water laid..a yolk. then it went back to bed. this has been going on for 5 days now.
    but she seems fine during the you think she is sleep walking???
  4. rainbowgardens

    rainbowgardens Songster

    Nov 19, 2008
    Central Virginia
    Do you have a light nearby that is keeping her up? Is she being picked on by the others and only feels safe drinking when everyone else is on the roosts? Stress can cause hens to lay eggs before they are fully developed.

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