How long can hens go with out food or water

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by borrow53, Nov 5, 2013.

  1. borrow53

    borrow53 Out Of The Brooder

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    I feel so bad for what I have done. I went to let chickens out this morning sorted there food and water out and because its dark in the morning still the chickens were so quite I thought I already let them out from their coop. Went to go put them away at night and they were already in their coop.
    I cannot believe I left them in their coop all day no food or water.
    How bad is it for the hens to go the whole day without any food or water. I have fed them now and given them loads of water but is it bad for them?
     
  2. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Well it is not good, but as you can see they survived. You are only human. We have all done something (or forgotten to do something) that we wish we hadn't.
     
  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    Yeah, it’s something I’d try to avoid in the future but don’t beat yourself up that much about it. They’ll be OK. Just live and learn. We all do things we’re not proud to admit.

    A broody hen can easily go all day on the nest without food or water. She lives off stored fat that all your adult chickens have. They’ll act starved but the food yours skipped is not a real big issue. They’ve just used up a bit of stored fat.

    The water is more of an issue. They are not going to die or suffer any long-term damage by going without water for a day, but don’t be shocked if egg production is lower for a while. Going without water like that can stress them to the point they go into a molt or maybe just a mini-molt. You may have some short-term effects from the water but not any real long-term effects. They really will be OK.
     
  4. nab58

    nab58 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I keep a one gallon milk jug with a nipple waterer inside the coop for just that reason. I'm afraid I'll forget to let them out one day. Glad yours were okay.
     
  5. borrow53

    borrow53 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for all your replies, I was afraid they would suffer long term or short term damage from it. but they are happy and healthy and good to see that they are all still laying :)
     
  6. ChirpyChicks1

    ChirpyChicks1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Glad to hear they are well :) I have food and water inside the coop and water outside in the run, I don't wake up early and since they have a large coop I know they are perfectly okay spending some of the morning inside the coop. On rainy days I tend to keep them in the coop all the time b/c I don't want rain coming into the coop floor.
     
  7. Aina

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    HI my hen Chica has been attacked by a dog last Thursday. Brought her to the vet Saturday and since she sleeps and does not want to eat. I give her water and she just get a few drops at the time. Added electrolytes today and gave tiny bit of baby formula. The vet gave her meloxicam for a week. She said she get beat up while escaping the dog and has a bruise on her chest. How long would she last without food? Should I leave her alone or keep forcing her a bit? She seems interested by food but barely opens her beak and does grab anything then close her eye and sleeps. She is about 5 years... Thank you!
     

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