water consumption during molt

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jdfette, Dec 2, 2019.

  1. jdfette

    jdfette Hatching

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    My girls started their molt period about a month ago. Ever since that started, it seems that they are drinking less water. Is this normal behavior during molt? Anything I should do to help encourage them to drink more water? thanks!
     
  2. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Free Ranging

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    I don't know about molt, but mine drink a lot less when it's colder (which kind of coincides with molt timing). As long as they can freely access their water, I wouldn't worry about it, they can figure out for themselves how much they need.
     
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  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    How are you determining that they are drinking less...do you have a decent way of measuring daily consumption?
    Is there rain or snow?
    Mine drink less when there is.
     
  4. Duckfarmer1

    Duckfarmer1 Songster

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    This is funny because my hubby and I were wondering about the pullets and cockerels yesterday. There water is kept from freezing with heat tape. I keep checking to make sure it’s not too warm, or no shock. It’s fine, but they don’t seem to drink muck. They are my free rangers. :). Little buggers! My older bunch have a larger water bowl, same kind of heat tape. They drink it. There are 13 older ones . 7 young ones, so it’s not like I’m just not noticing drinking levels because there are that many less birds. We do have a lot of snow already here.
     

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