Pullets and cockerels not drinking?


Jul 23, 2019
I use heat tape for my water ears. Everyone else drinks the water great...ducks, goats, adult chickens, pot belly pigs, etc. my 17 week pullet and cockerels don’t seem to touch their water anymore. My husband and I have both tested the water many times and moved the tape daily. The water is not too hot. The water does not have any electrical charge to sting the birds. So, after a week of not refilled water....but all the birds are still extremely healthy so they must be eating snow...anyways I totally changed the eater bowl hoping that they would think it was different and now drink from it. That was only two days ago. But yesterday, perhaps it was too soon to tell, but it didn’t seem like they drank from that either.

i know they are very healthy..they are free range and run around like crazy. They are a hoot. But, of course I worry about the water bowl not going down. They are eating a ton, dirt bathing, eating grit..I do not have them on oyster shell because they are too young to lay.


Free Ranging
Jul 3, 2016
Pac NW
My Coop
My Coop
My guess is they're getting the water they need from elsewhere, possibly from eating some snow, which mine do seem to like, or even drinking from snow melt dripping off a fence or a roof. My birds slow down a lot on drinking during winter and I know they prefer licking condensation off the fence, etc.