How much water do chickens drink?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by cjstanman, Mar 25, 2009.

  1. cjstanman

    cjstanman Songster

    Jun 3, 2008
    Just north of Raleigh
    What made me ask is this. I've got a 1-gallon water thing for 4 hens. I fill it up twice a day. They are either a) drinking like there's no tomorrow, or b) bumping into it all day and spilling it. I can't tell all the time - sometimes there's a puddle, so I know they spilled it. Other times... it's just dry.

    Either way, they're not dying of thirst, but it made me wonder. ? [​IMG]

  2. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    They are drinking that much. My 3 standards and 1 banty went through 3 gallons in 4 days. When my 2 chicks (BA & BO) grow up, we'll have to fill that waterer every other day.

    When the 3 chicks coming in April go outside, we'll have to get a 2nd waterer, I'm sure.
  3. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Chickens drink far more water than any one human being could. They amaze me.
  4. Akane

    Akane Crowing

    Jun 15, 2008
    Hmm... I haul a 1g container out every day for 18 chickens (2 being bantams) and it tops off the water bucket just fine. Sometimes there is extra.
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  5. ams3651

    ams3651 Songster

    Jan 23, 2008
    NE PA
    now Id be tempted to say some is leaking or spilling. my one gallon waterer lasts my 6 chickens about a day and a half. If it is not even it will leak out because of the gravity fed spigot thing. I may give up my waterer all together and just keep the large bowl I have now that I was using in the winter.

  6. Chicken03

    Chicken03 Songster

    Mar 20, 2009
    Western Pa
    Yeah chickens drink alot. I read that they drink do much because their eggs are almost completly made of water.
  7. countryboy88

    countryboy88 In the Brooder

    Mar 24, 2009
    For my flock I have to fill up 2 1 gallon's everyday and I just added a 3 gallon ( I think) at feed time today because there 1 gallons were all most all drank in 10 mins.

    But I also water 60+ fowl
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2009
  8. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    In the summer my 20 go through about 6 gallons. Fill up the three gallon waterer twice a day... 2nd time with ice in it.
  9. WindcrestChickens

    WindcrestChickens In the Brooder

    Feb 11, 2008
    New Hampshire
    O.k. so I am not losing my mind....I just got a 3 gallon waterer and my 11 ladies are attacking me when I arrive with refills. I had one fly straight up to my face and landing in the bucket I was carrying, and sucking it down as I carried her in the bucket.

    I figured they had been spilling as well....but they really do drink...well, like fish!

  10. vermontgal

    vermontgal Songster

    Mine are only drinking about a quart a day for 3 chickens. It is still pretty cold here. I'm planning to get them a bigger waterer before summer. From this thread, it sounds like I should perhaps consider larger than the 1 gallon?

    I notice that they often go for a drink directly after laying an egg.

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