clean water

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by picklespickles, Jan 10, 2008.

  1. picklespickles

    picklespickles Songster

    Oct 27, 2007
    okay. we all know we're supposed to have clean water. so nobody start thinking i'm say that's not necessary.

    but, i do toss my old water in mudholes, small or large, i've made around the yard for them to dig in. or, just dump into a puddle on the ground. they love the old water better, usually. it has weird gunkies in it they can dig for. they will go stand in teh middle of the old water as soon as i toss it out and look for chicken treasures which i think are not people treasures, but there you go.

    do yours ever prefer their old water to the new water. maybe i could pre dirty their new water for them. here, haul a forty pound bucket of water and along the way toss weird random dirty stuff into it. lol. they'd probably like it so much better. and a grateful chicken is a tasty chicken, no?
  2. mdbucks

    mdbucks Cooped Up

    Jul 14, 2007
    EXIT 109 on 95
    Mine will fight over who gets to drink out of the birdbath water, which is where I dump the old water before taking it inside to refill
  3. picklespickles

    picklespickles Songster

    Oct 27, 2007

    md, i should have guessed it would be you who would admit their chickens prefer dirty to clean water. [​IMG] thanks
  4. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR
    Ours are the same way, they love the little puddles in the section of their run that isn't covered. My Mom always said, "A little dirt, never hurt"...[​IMG]

  5. CovenantCreek

    CovenantCreek Chicks Rule!

    Oct 19, 2007
    Franklin, TN
    Mine would much rather drink out of puddles in the horse paddocks than just about anything else. I think it's the container that makes them think the water inside isn't as thirst quenching as the same water when tossed on the ground.
  6. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Songster

    May 4, 2007
    Mine seem to be attracted to the dirty water as well. The ducks especially. It's been pretty warm the past 3 days and the ducks are having a blast in all the mud puddles around the yard. Too bad it will probably be all iced over again this weekend. [​IMG]
  7. panner123

    panner123 Songster

    Jan 15, 2007
    Garden Valley, ca
    Mine almost refuse to drink out of the water containers in the coop, since I figured out a way to stop them from roosting on it. You all know what is below a chicken roost. Every mud puddle in the yard is fought over. The water containers in the yard are passed over this time of year and in the summer they wait for them to over fill, so there is water on the ground. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  8. hcammack

    hcammack Crowing

    Oct 5, 2007
    My chickens always like the fresh refilled water from the hose and also rain water of the tractor wire.


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