NEED HELP- Chickens without water for two days

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by kingme, May 13, 2010.

  1. kingme

    kingme In the Brooder

    Jul 25, 2009
    Merced, CA
    Hi all,

    I have an issue I need help with. My flock ran out of water this week, I don't know for sure how long but I am guessing two days, I was traveling for work and the water didn't get changed. I filled the waterer with cool fresh water and the poor girls stood around and drank for a long time. I feel horrible about this. One girl seemed to go broody right afterword, but now she is fine, but I have not seen an egg for three days. I have seven girls, the day it happened we got one egg, then nothing for three days. I have been changing their water everyday since and along with their normal food, I have been supplementing some worms and things.

    My question: Is this normal? Will they start laying again soon? I guess I really got spoiled getting 5-7 eggs a day without giving it any thought and then nothing...I am currently working on an automatic watering system so this will never happen again. Any thoughts are appreciated...
  2. NurseELB

    NurseELB Songster

    Oct 16, 2008
    Lacey, WA
    They'll probably be fine. Scary thing, though. I'm gonna look into that automatic watering so I don't have to worry so much when I go out of town.
  3. M@M@2four

    [email protected]@2four Songster

    Mar 12, 2008
    I'm sure they'll be fine...just thirsty! [​IMG] When chickens are shipped in the mail, many times it take 2 days for them to get to their destination and they have no water in transit, so they just arrive thirsty. Give them a week or so to get back into the routine of things as far as the eggs go! [​IMG]
  4. jamesrm

    jamesrm Featherbrained, at best!

    Mar 26, 2008
    White House, TN
    The shallow dish stall waterers from TSC work wonders. If you have them indoors or the waterer in a coop just build a catch/drain basin for it to sit on to avoid splash and muddy floors.
  5. sandy sea

    sandy sea Songster

    Mar 19, 2008
    Gavilan Hills, CA
    I keep several large water bowls filled and one of those big waterers in the coop. I also have pot bellied pigs that live in the same area as the chickens so I have several small pools full of water around the yard. The chicken will drink from the pools. It works.
  6. Debob

    Debob In the Brooder

    Apr 17, 2010
    [​IMG] Just keep spoiling them,they will be fine-you- maybe not -just kidding. It was not really your fault,things happen. They will keep giving you eggs,as long as you keep spoiling them.[​IMG]
  7. exbiologist

    exbiologist In the Brooder

    Mar 15, 2010
    Mead, CO
    Don't forget, eggs are mostly water. And they need a lot to keep laying. They'll get back to it soon.
  8. kingme

    kingme In the Brooder

    Jul 25, 2009
    Merced, CA
    Thanks for the replies. I am happy to report we got two eggs today. Hopefully the rest will start laying again soon. I am looking into geting an auto waterer, the water nipple set up so this won't happen in the future...
  9. bantam_n00b

    bantam_n00b Songster

    Apr 17, 2010
    Quote:Hey youre from merced? Cool me too. But yeah they should be fine, but it sure has been getting hot here lately.
  10. elmo

    elmo Songster

    May 23, 2009
    Just a suggestion...even with an automatic watering system, it's good to have a back up. Two sources of water are safer than one. It's the belt and suspenders approach.

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