Is it OK for chickens to eat ice?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Ginmary, Jul 21, 2019.

  1. Ginmary

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    If an ice cube drops they play soccer with it trying to eat it. If is a small piece they eat it with gusto.
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Crossing the Road

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    It's fine. It isn't anything more than frozen water. It could have the effect of restricting capillaries in hot weather.
     
  3. Ginmary

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    I was wondering if the cold could effect them so if they are in the house in room temperature then I shouldn’t worry about it.
    Thanks
     
  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Crossing the Road

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    As I said, extreme cold in hot weather and hot birds can restrict capillaries.
    At least that is what a poultry nutritionist told me. Cool water is good but it isn't a good idea to give chickens ice water.
     
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  5. aart

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    Learned this after watching a hen guzzle ice water, she staggered around with what I surmised was an 'ice cream headache'. I thought she was going to keel over and die.
    She didn't and I didn't ever give ice water again.
     
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