Frresh water daily?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Eagleeyeice, Oct 7, 2014.

  1. I'm new to the chicken world, and give my 7 hens fresh water daily, but I'd like to know if I really need to.
  2. Twistedfeather

    Twistedfeather Songster

    Feb 23, 2014
    It's the ideal thing to do so no bacteria or algae grows. But if it's hard for you I think you can push two or three days at a time depending on how much they drink.
  3. aatx

    aatx Songster

    Mar 19, 2014
    Erath County, Texas
    A lot depends on what type of watering system you use. Those of us who use nipples refill when the level gets low. I normally change out my water every 2 weeks or so just to freshen it up, but have never seen any algae.

    I have a little wading pool for them that they also tend to drink out of :(. I try to clean it out every 2-3 days. I'll be happy when it gets cooler and I can remove it so that the nipple waterers are their only choice.
  4. hennible

    hennible Crowing

    A bucket like this keeps things cleaner for me
    Every 2nd day it's changed for ducks and every 4 for chickens. That's just my opinion though.
  5. Guess I should have spell check

    Thanks for your reply's.
    I have a galvanized, 2 gal waterer, actually I have two of them, and have been changing them out daily. That will end immediately. I have built the cookie tin heater for the winter.
    My last cat would have fresh water and drink old water out of the plant trays.
    This is what I use, but this picture was taken to show it overflowing, and it has been replace by one that works.

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