I am wondering if said statement is valid. I heard this at EcoFarm in a discussion group on poultry. The reasoning behind this is that it's not convenient for free-ranging chickens, while it maybe convenient for chickens that are cooped up. My birds aren't gated either, they have 12 acres to roam about. I can see how this maybe valid statement when considering us humans. Many of us do not drink enough water to keep us hydrated, and I would certainly be discouraged to keep properly hydrated if I would have to run back and forth to a low pressured water fountain. I know there are some good alternatives, but I'm quite busy, and would like to know if it would make a significant difference incorporating a better hydration system for my little feathered friends. Thank you in advanced!