Signs of thirst...

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by enggass, Aug 26, 2010.

  1. enggass

    enggass Songster

    Mar 8, 2010
    Mid-Coast Maine
    What are the signs that a bird is thirsty or not drinking enough water?
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio

    I would say a thirsty chicken, would probably go looking at it's watering source alot, back and forth. Say you use a bucket, or even a special poultry waterer, then they would keep going back to it over and over. As far as physical signs, you really can't tell......on a hot day a chicken will pant, and hold out their wings so the air can get to their body, but they really don't have any physical symptons to thirst that I know of.

    I always know when something is up with my chickens, because they act differently. And they run to me, in a very urgent manner when they need more food. I always keep the feeders filled and same with the water, but the few times they were out of feed, they really hung around waiting for me. I imagine they would do the same thing if they were out of water.

    I hope this helps.

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