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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by lvesdg1, Aug 11, 2010.

  1. lvesdg1

    lvesdg1 In the Brooder

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    hello ,,i might be in the wrong place not sure........well here goes i was wondering if chickens like to swim or wade in water at all? i was thinkin about getting a very small kids pool for the yard for then if they like water.
     
  2. midget_farms

    midget_farms Songster

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    Don't do it. Chickens are completely clueless to water & will literally drown themselves.

    They are no where near as smart as ducks & they just plain drown.
     
  3. Crack N' Egg

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    Hi lvesdg1 and welcome to the BYC![​IMG]

    This summer I broke down and did get them a little wading pool. It has been so dang hot that I was (am) trying to do my best to keep them cool. I change it everyday though because as they stand in it they also poop in it. And then they drink it as well.[​IMG]

    I'd say get one. But remember not to fill it to high...they do not swim
     
  4. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member 9 Years

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    We've had abnormal temps above 95 all summer and I thought about getting a small pool. Crack N' Egg is correct, they'll poop in it then drink the water and that'll present a new set of health problems...therefore I decided it wasnt worth it. It's cheaper to buy them a watermelon rather than meds for diseased chickens.
     
  5. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    If the water is too deep, the feathers will get waterlogged & weigh them down. Don't give them over 3" of water to stand in.
     
  6. Crack N' Egg

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    Frozen watermelon and frozen grapes are always a tasty treat...[​IMG] and an alternative to a pool.

    I actually took mine out because I was worried about the whole poop/drink thing.[​IMG]

    I do still have a misting fan on them when it is super duper hot!
     
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