How much water per day per chicken in winter?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by barbieszoo, Dec 2, 2010.

  1. barbieszoo

    barbieszoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does anyone know how much water each chicken drinks ( mine will be bantams) each day in cooler temps? I know they really guzzle it in summer, but was wondering about in winter.
     
  2. cluckcluck42

    cluckcluck42 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not sure on amounts, but I know that my chickens have drastically reduced their water intake. For our meat chickens we were refilling two big waterers every two days, now one waterer lasts longer than that.
     
  3. 6chicks&aduck

    6chicks&aduck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My 9 hens , all standards , are drinking a 1/2 to a 1/3 of a gallon a day ,but they a re also eating snow.[​IMG]
     
  4. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    I've never thought to measure it! I just make sure they have fresh, clean water every day and it doesn't run out. I have a hose out there though, so I don't have to worry about how much to haul.
     
  5. emarble

    emarble Chillin' With My Peeps

    As Much as they wish to drink
    Consistent fresh supply
    Ernie
     
  6. jmagill

    jmagill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I average a cup a day per chicken. I use a nipple waterer and a jug that allows me to measure the volume I put in every day. In the winter the warmer the water the more they drink. My heater heats to about 70 degrees. On really cold days( less that zero F) it is about 45 degrees and varies up to 70 when it is warmer. When the water itself is colder they drink less than a cup( as low as 1/2 cup). Yesterday it was about 70 and the volume was up to 1.5 cups.
     
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  7. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Right now my 43 birds are about emptying a 5 gallon waterer every other day. They have access to this 24/7 but are also free ranging although the amount being used does not vary regardless of weather.
     
  8. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

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    My water has been freezing at night so I replace the frozen waterer each morning with a fresh waterer filled with warm water to encourage them to drink and to keep the water from freezing again during the day. So far it actually seems like they might be drinking more water now but I have never measured it to be sure.

    ETA - just occured to me why it seems like they are drinking more. I have both waterers in the run during the warmer months. DOH sometimes you just gotta slap your own self! [​IMG]
     
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