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In-ground pool, will my chickens drown?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kvmommy, Jan 3, 2011.

  1. kvmommy

    kvmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 2, 2011
    So I thought I had everything figured out until my huband asked me last night, if chickens drown in pools. Hmmm, the eggs just got shipped and now im afraid they will drown. Anyone know anything about this?
     
  2. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    We've got an in-ground pool, and my chickens know its there, so stay pretty much away from it. I would suggest that you keep a close eye on them for a while, just to make sure they "get it". It should be fine. Best of luck to you. [​IMG] And [​IMG] from S. Florida, Glad you joined us! [​IMG]
     
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  3. fluffychickens

    fluffychickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My grandpa has a in gound pool no died in it but one fell in once but my grandma rescued it.
     
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  4. JustAChickenLittle&More

    JustAChickenLittle&More Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When I lived in Georgia I had 5 acres with a two acre, 10 foot pond, 32 chickens, of all sizes. The only thing I had to worry about drowning was my English Bulldog. They can't swim. [​IMG] The chickens had a field day going to eat mosquitos at the pond, but they never jumped inside or anything. Very sure footed those chickens. [​IMG]
     
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    I've seen chickens drown in a cattle trough. If they happen to fly into the pool, they'll die.[​IMG]
     
  6. Candy Floss & Popcorn

    Candy Floss & Popcorn Out Of The Brooder

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    My six 12/13 weeks old 'hens' have been free ranging in our back yard since they were four weeks old and have investigated the pool but never tried to go in it. The only thing that's been in our pool was a hedgehog a few weeks ago. It obviously wasn't his time because the day before, the pool got a leak and the water was at the filter level. Somehow the hedgehog managed to get to the filter box and sit on the shelf, paddling his back legs. I saw him there the next morning and hubby rescued him!
     
  7. kvmommy

    kvmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 2, 2011
    Well i feel a little better about my pool, here's to no drowning chickens! When I first moved in back in September, I asked my friend if he thought any animals might get caught in it and die. He said, no because all mammals know how to swim. The very next day I found a dead mouse in it. Then I we kept havng to catch frogs in it that couldn't get out. Then we were cleaning the filter and my friend said, Wow! An albino frog. Nope. It was a very dead, bleached frog from the chlorine tablets. It was pretty traumatic. LOL
     
  8. easttxchick

    easttxchick Lone Star Call Ducks

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    Quote:This happened to me this spring-lost a 2 month old chick in a stock tank. 100% my fault, I knew better than to let that little guy anywhere around water deeper than he could stand up in. [​IMG]
     
  9. BitsyB

    BitsyB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well i feel a little better about my pool, here's to no drowning chickens! When I first moved in back in September, I asked my friend if he thought any animals might get caught in it and die. He said, no because all mammals know how to swim. The very next day I found a dead mouse in it. Then I we kept havng to catch frogs in it that couldn't get out. Then we were cleaning the filter and my friend said, Wow! An albino frog. Nope. It was a very dead, bleached frog from the chlorine tablets. It was pretty traumatic. LOL

    Mammals know how to swim but can't swim forever- will get exhausted eventually. We used to have an above ground pool, we'd leave one of those floating foam mattress type things draped over the edge so if a squirrel or something fell in from the tree above he could make his way out.

    We have a small pond that the chickens sometimes drink from but never ever go in the water.. I think they know instinctively to stay away. Except for cattle troughs I guess​
     
  10. greyhorsewoman

    greyhorsewoman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Most likely it won't be a problem, BUT it may happen. Over the years I've had a chicken drown in a horse water trough, a muck bucket of water (level was JUST low enough that when she went to drink she fell in and couldn't get out) and a water bucket hanging in a stall. Last summer has some chicks (free ranging with their mama) drown in a 2" water bowl we had sitting at the barn for a lame duck. Overall, though, barely enough to count on one hand over a LONG time period.
     

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