My hen whole head goes in the water when drink, is this normal,

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by pwand, Jan 3, 2009.

  1. pwand

    pwand Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have an older hen almost 6 years old, when she drinks she dunks her head completely in the water when she drinks. Could it be possible that she can't see well? Its so cold right now, below freezing, I would think she would be cold from this.
     
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  2. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have a couple that do that, one even blows bubbles out her nares. Because of the extreme cold here I'm offering water indoors in a heated dog bowl which reduces the behavior. I was concerned too, didn't want a frozen comb and wattles...they're both drinking normally now and the bowl, 1.5 gal is not quite deep enough for their silliness! [​IMG]
     
  3. lichick28

    lichick28 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I HAVE A SILKIE THAT DOES THAT TOO. HER ENTIRE TOP KNOT GETS SOAKING WET AND HARD FROM THE COLD
     
  4. pwand

    pwand Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can't find a dog dish that warms up here. I've used a aquarium heater that worked fine until this year, its making the water to hot. I will try a smaller dish.
     
  5. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

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    Just when you think chickens cant get any more odd you read a post like this !! Silly chickens !!
     
  6. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    I've never seen a chicken do this! I've never even heard of it before. It is really amazing what you learn on BYC some days!
     
  7. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Quote:They do sell them on Ebay. I've checked into them and they aren't to badly priced.
     
  8. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

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    I think that's how my rooster frostbit his comb. They had no frostbite when our temps were down into the negatives even when it was -30F windchill. Then during a warm spell of 35-40F during the day and 20-30F at night he got frostbite. I'm pretty sure it's from letting his head get dunked while drinking in the evening. Then it turned cold and froze before his head dried.

    I've been using a small heated bucket from the feed store with a brick and a rubber pan on the brick. I fill the bucket and the pan. They can drink around the edge of the pan if it gets empty but no one can fall in or drown in the bucket.
     
  9. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    If it's a real concern you can get one of those waterers that dispenses the water with a nipple system.
     
  10. Portia

    Portia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] crazy birds. I wonder if you have one that does that, will others follow suit? Or better yet, if you have a hen that drinks like that will she teach any she broods to drink in such a way? That'd certainly be a concern for frostbite!!
     

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