Do chickens drink at night?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by nccountrygirl, Nov 10, 2007.

  1. nccountrygirl

    nccountrygirl Songster

    Jul 31, 2007
    Sanford N.C.
    water I mean, do birds just sleep at night or do they eat and drink too. I have a smallish coop and I don't have any water or food in there for them, every thing is out in the run. They seem fine but I was just curious. Thanks, Laura
  2. panner123

    panner123 Songster

    Jan 15, 2007
    Garden Valley, ca
    I have a light on in my coops 24/7 and in the morning I have to top off the feeders in them. My watering system is automatic so I can't say about the water, but I am betting they drink also. Now that it is getting cold I think you should put some food and water in your coop.
  3. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Ducks are active at night and eat and drink, but chickens without artificial light sleep all night. Personally I wouldn't keep a light on them 24/7.....They need to roost in the dark as part of their natural cycle. Even giant egg farms let their hens have a few hours of dark every night.
  4. Scrambled Egg

    Scrambled Egg Flock Mistress

    Aug 29, 2007
    Fayetteville, NC
    Mine are closed in the "A" part of my coop, the top part, at night and I always have a waterer and a small food dish up there and both need a good bit of refilling in the mornings. I drop the door down in the mornings and they go down into their pen where I have a bigger waterer and food bowl. I also have a 15 watt bulb in the "A" part of their coop that stays on all the time, they like being able to see to get their food, water or a different spot on the roosts. [​IMG]
  5. kstaven

    kstaven Crowing

    Jan 26, 2007
    BC, Washington Border
    Mine eat and drink at night in a pitch black coop.
  6. kayri

    kayri Songster

    Jul 6, 2007
    I also have a small coop and their food andwater is available in there 24/7. I was thinking of taking their water out for the winter in case they spilled it or something. In the summer it would dry, but in the winter I'm afraid their shavings would just rot and freeze.

    I do think they eat/drink in there, but I think it might be because I don't let them out at the crack of dawn. They usually spend at hour or two past daybreak in their coop (especially in the summer) in the morning, because I usually don't get to them until 7:30 during the week and 8:30 or so on the weekends.
  7. mdbucks

    mdbucks Cooped Up

    Jul 14, 2007
    EXIT 109 on 95
    Quote:You had to put the water part I read the title and my mind started thinking, but NO you had to add the water line, Maybe next time. [​IMG]
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Only if they've had a rough day. [​IMG]
  9. mdbucks

    mdbucks Cooped Up

    Jul 14, 2007
    EXIT 109 on 95
    Quote:No fair I refrained it says water only [​IMG]
  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    [​IMG] Sorry, md, I just had to say it!

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