Do your birds drink less water in winter?

Schwartzfarmnc

Songster
9 Years
May 28, 2010
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West Jefferson
Have you noticed if your birds drink a lot less in winter and while they are molting? Yes or No?
Our 13 would drink about a gallon per day up until the cold set in and over the last month it's like 1 quart to .5 gallon on a good day.
 

ck-newbe

In the Brooder
9 Years
Dec 2, 2010
83
2
31
Boone, NC
Quote:I too have noticed that my girls drink less water in the winter. Maybe because it is not as warm outside or possibly because they are laying less? By the way, Hi! from Fleetwood (that is if you are from W Jefferson NC
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Duramaxgirl

Songster
9 Years
Feb 12, 2010
1,631
42
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Idaho
Yes they drink a lot less. Which is nice because I pack fresh water every night to the coops. In the summer I use kiddie pools and its way less work to give them fresh water.
 

clucksbc

Chirping
8 Years
Aug 9, 2011
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1
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i think mine are going through more water...
Unless my hubby had a major spill putting the water pail back I don't know about...
It was just saturday I filled it...and it had to be done again today...usually don't have to change it again
till closer to a week
also...I did get a heated water dish but have taken it out unless we get insane temperatures...
that was emptying every day...
incidently this is for 8 chickens..
 

humpbacks1962

Songster
12 Years
Jun 20, 2007
199
5
131
Middletown, CT
I do not notice a difference with mine.
However, I give them table scraps including fresh fruits and veggies and that does hold a lot of humidity inside. So if they mostly feed on dry food, they'll be more thirsty than those who feed on grass, greens and other items holding moisture
 

Schwartzfarmnc

Songster
9 Years
May 28, 2010
678
6
121
West Jefferson
Quote:I too have noticed that my girls drink less water in the winter. Maybe because it is not as warm outside or possibly because they are laying less? By the way, Hi! from Fleetwood (that is if you are from W Jefferson NC
)


Yes, I live in West Jefferson just down the road from you!!!
How many birds do you have? We have 13 and many are going through their first molt so not many eggs these days.

I do see a drop in water usage, I wonder if they drink much at all but I guess they are getting what they need.
 

debid

Crowing
9 Years
Jan 20, 2011
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middle TN
Mine are drinking a lot less now than they did in August!
If you think about it, eggs contain a lot of water. Not making eggs would mean they'd need less water. And, of course, cooler weather reduces need.
 
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