Suddenly Refusing water dish?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by rwgrout, Feb 21, 2015.

  1. rwgrout

    rwgrout Chirping

    Apr 9, 2011
    My girls are suddenly refusing to drink from their water dish! I haven't changed a thing in the last 4 months. I can pour the water from the dish they are refusing to drink from into another dish and they drink it - so it's not the water. I've cleaned the dish - inside and out - with mild soap and water, then rinsed it very well. I've tried lowering it, nope, they are still not interested.

    I'm here in New Hampshire so we have to have a heated water dish for the winter. We have a back up dish but it's too small for the winter. It does not hold a day's worth of water because of the evaporation. I don't want to go out an buy another of the same type of dish I have just for them to refuse that one too.

    Anybody have any ideas on how to get them to accept their water dish? Or have you experienced this type of behavior before??

  2. bmmkh

    bmmkh In the Brooder

    Feb 19, 2015
    My guess would be the bowl has gone bad and is giving your girls a little shock when they go to get a drink. That is why they will drink the water when you have put it into another bowl.
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  3. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Crowing

    Apr 12, 2013
    Boulder, Colorado
    They can pick up the tiniest current because of their size. Toss the heat element before you have bigger problems.
  4. rwgrout

    rwgrout Chirping

    Apr 9, 2011
    Thanks. That's why I suspected but when I stuck I fingers in the water I didn't feel anything. I didn't think of the fact that they'd be more sensitive to it.

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