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Not sure if hen is drinking

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by henmania, Oct 7, 2016.

  1. henmania

    henmania Chirping

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    So I'm quite new to keeping chickens and recently I've bought a buff Orpington into my newly made pen and she seems to be adjusting well. She's walking around the garden and happily ruining the flowers and eating her pellet mash but I don't think she's drinking water. I was told hens drink a lot of water about 400-500ml but I haven't seen her touch her water once.
    I bought her a Eton water drinker but I can't tell if she's drinking or not.

    Any ideas to how I'd know if she's drinking l?
     

  2. nchls school

    nchls school Songster

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    If she is active and eating stop worrying, she will drink when she needs to.
     
  3. henmania

    henmania Chirping

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    Yes she's quite active and eats regularly. Thanks
     
  4. thiaseel9876

    thiaseel9876 In the Brooder

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    How big is the pen? If she is ruining the flowers it must be big. She may have found another water supply.
     
  5. henmania

    henmania Chirping

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    Well I have a small coop and nesting box and a 3.5m x 2m wire fencing around it so they walk around in there. But I Let them free range sort of during the day for 4-5 hours.
    Today I noticed some of the later pellets mixed in her drinking water so I assume she's actually gone to drink it and also marked where the water line is so will check if it's going down.
     

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