Cleaned out the freezer and waterer update.

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by oxfordethan, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. oxfordethan

    oxfordethan Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 11, 2011
    I had alot of freezer burned foods. So the girls got some treats. I thawed a quart of potato soup (ham, celery, carrots, etc) just so it would slide out of the container. The girl pecked at that frozen block of soup like it was going out of style. So this morning I threw out about half a bag of freezer burn strawberries for them before i went to work.

    I purchased one of the "cat sized" 2 sided food bowls. It's the auto waterer kind that you put a 1 liter bottle on. So the 1 side has water and the other side has oystershell in it. I keep a couple of liter bottles frozen so in the morning I can go out and replace them. I read somewhere that chickens could care less about cold water...whatever...makes me feel better. Anyhoos, it works great for my small flock of 2.

    I can provide pics if needed.
  2. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 12, 2009
    BuCo, KS
    My Coop
    I have never read that they don't like cold water and my experience has been that they do. For the past few years, in summer I have frozen gallon milk jugs 7/8 full of water and put it in their water bowl around 1pm on triple digit days (almost every day this year [​IMG] ). They come running when they see me coming with the ice and immediately enjoy a nice, long, cold drink. One has even figured out that standing IN the ice cold water feels pretty good so she'll find a space next to the ice to stand and cool off.
  3. oxfordethan

    oxfordethan Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 11, 2011
    ^ i agree. How can they NOT like it? I also throw out a half gallon frozen water jug for them to huddle next to during the day.
  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    I haven't asked them if they LIKE cold water but I do know they won't drink nearly as much if the water is warm/hot.
  5. gale65

    gale65 Chillin' With My Peeps

    When I change the water it's very cold (we have a well) and they hardly touch it. An hour or two later they start drinking and even later, when it's probably pretty warm, they're all gathered around it.

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