Do chickens like water?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by desertgirl, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. desertgirl

    desertgirl Roo Magnet

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    I live in the desert, and it can get pretty warm in the summers. I know the dog loves his little splashy pool in the summer-should I put a very shallow pool (read: drown proof) out in the run for the girls this summer? Would they even use it?
     
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  2. aidenbaby

    aidenbaby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I asked a similar question in the coops and runs area. What had been suggested was to use a jelly roll pan (cookie sheet) for a "pool" to walk through and to use frozen 2 liter bottles (or in my case 1 gallon jugs) of frozen water to give them areas to cool down in.
     
  3. vfem

    vfem Yoga...The Chicken Pose

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    Mine don't or wouldn't.... They come down after the rain while there are puddles in the run and they take off back inside. They are not too fond of being wet. Just not a chicken thing.... so I got ducks for wet entertainment!!! [​IMG]
     
  4. cicene mete

    cicene mete Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmm. Mine love to play in the rain and mud, esp. my EEs. They come in drenched and happy![​IMG]
     
  5. stabley1991

    stabley1991 Out Of The Brooder

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    My chickens love standing out in the rain. Although i read that silky chikens aren't supposed to like being wet and muddy, but they seem to enjoy it.
     
  6. EricShane

    EricShane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    just be careful.. my brother had a broody that took her babies in one, and the babies drowned several years ago, he said... [​IMG]
     
  7. Forgotten Amber

    Forgotten Amber Out Of The Brooder

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    A good way to tell if your chicks may like water is the tub. I put my little pullets in the tub with an inch or two of water and they didn't seem to mind it and actually seemed to enjoy it. At least you would have some idea of how they might react.

    Amber
     
  8. desertgirl

    desertgirl Roo Magnet

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    Quote:I get the cookie sheeet, but what do you do with the frozen water?[​IMG]
     
  9. aidenbaby

    aidenbaby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You put some straw around it and it will help keep them cooler. They will lay down on or around it to cool off.
     
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  10. desertgirl

    desertgirl Roo Magnet

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    Ah! I get it. I think I will definitely try that.

    (Thanks!)
     

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