How often to change the water?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by tanyizzle, Jun 3, 2011.

  1. tanyizzle

    tanyizzle Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 6 chickens in my coop currently (only like 9 weeks old I think) and have a rather large waterer. Do I need to change the water out often or is it fine as long as it stays clean and theres plenty of it?
     
  2. terrilhb

    terrilhb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 11, 2010
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    It needs to be changed everyday. If it gets hot a few times a day. Just my opinion.
     
  3. tanyizzle

    tanyizzle Out Of The Brooder

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    Its shaded and remains fairly cool... Any other experiences? Its a pain to change until I get a hose ran out to where it is, thats why i ask.
     
  4. EmtheFishLady

    EmtheFishLady We're all mad here

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    I change everyone's water at least twice a day. Basically if I wouldn't drink it, I don't want them to either.
     
  5. BarefootMom

    BarefootMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 20, 2010
    Half Way, Missouri
    I don't worry about it.

    as long as it is clean and they have planty don't worry about it.

    I think of my chickens as any other livestock- you would drain large cow waterer every day- you just fill it up.
     
  6. tanyizzle

    tanyizzle Out Of The Brooder

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    Anyone else? Rather inconclusive results so far.
     
  7. Jay-Mar28

    Jay-Mar28 Out Of The Brooder

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    Aslong as its clean i wouldnt worry to much about it. just keep an eye on it.
     
  8. codymax2

    codymax2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put a little apple cider vinegar in mine and it seems to keep longer, I change mine 2-3 times a week? Never had a problem. Hope that helps=)
     
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    newchickgal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:What's the ratio? How much apple cider vinegar to how much water? I want to put enough in but I don't want to overdo it either.
     
  10. BellevueOmlet

    BellevueOmlet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It depends what type of waterer it is. There is a lot less maintenance if you use Chicken Waterer Cups like these:
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    If you have a hanging waterer, I would change it daily and give it a good cleaning out weekly so green growth does not get in the water.
     

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