Drinking puddle water

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by swatchick, Jan 23, 2012.

  1. swatchick

    swatchick Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 3, 2011
    So we just had a big storm blow through and, in spite of being covered, the run has a lot of puddles. I've put lots of leaves, woodchips, etc. on the ground to help keep things dry, but the girls keep scratching out holes in it and unearthing puddles, from which they seem to greatly enjoy drinking. How concerned should I be about that? It got me wondering, too, since free range birds must drink puddle water sometimes -- it seems like a bad idea, and yet...what'ya do when their out there running around? Thoughts and experiences desired....
  2. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Oh, Puddle Water is PRIME drinking stuff for chicks, ducks, geese, dogs, cats, all animals. It's so natural. Unbottled Evian to them. MMMMMMMM, flavorful.

    I don't think you have anything to worry about, really.
  3. swatchick

    swatchick Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 3, 2011
    Thanks -- I kind of figured it wasn't a big deal (you wouldn't believe what my dog will eat and drink and still survive...), but it's reassuring to hear it from others with more experience....
  4. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 6, 2011
    Pacific North West
    wow like greyeyes said and in addition to that the bugs that puddles bring up plus worms and if you think that's bad your talking about animals that eat poop and dirt off the ground, peck algae off the wall and peck at things that would make a billy goat puck LOL Best of luck
  5. damselfish

    damselfish Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2008
    Southwest Missouri
    Oh yes, our ladies will stand there and watch me run beautiful clean well water into their nice cleaned bowl. Then after I walk away carrying the bowl to its normal spot, they lag behind and drink out of the puddles left by the hose.

  6. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
    My ducks drink Puddle water all the time with no side effects.
  7. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    What is really amazing is that they can drink out of puddles that have poo runoff in them from me hosing out coops and live to tell about it. [​IMG]
  8. swatchick

    swatchick Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 3, 2011
    It does give me pause about how much effort I go to to assure clean drinking water. Not that I'm going to slack off on caring for them, but I do believe I will feel much more relaxed about it next time I give them a newly cleaned waterer full of sparkling clean water and they instantly decorate the trough with dirt, poo and litter... Thanks all for the reassurance!
  9. hannahransom

    hannahransom Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 15, 2012
    Lakeside, CA
    i have a spigot right next to my coop and always change their water in the morning. I dump the old stuff where the spigot is and it flows into a hole one of them dug next to the wall in their coop. They all drink that.
  10. kcjones

    kcjones Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2011
    Mine like to drink from puddles too, even thou i wash their water bowls everyday, [​IMG]

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