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water consumption

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by odysseychicken, Nov 5, 2015.

  1. odysseychicken

    odysseychicken In the Brooder

    Jul 21, 2015
    I can find information on estimated water consumption for baby chicks and for adult chickens but nothing in between. Does such a "by age" chart exist?

    I have five birds that are coming up on six weeks. When they were babies in the brooder they drank from a normal waterer with a pint jar on it. They would drink about 2/3 of it every day. At about 3 weeks I introduced a horizontal nipple waterer to them. For the last week they have been in their coop and run (having a fantastic time). They only have the nipple waterer now. It is a five gallon bucket with three nipples. i filled it about 3/4 full last week. I see them use it but the level hasn't changed all that much in a week. I was assuming i would have to fill it at least once a week if not more. They seem healthy and active. They are pooping and eating. Since switching to the nipples their poop is not nearly as wet (it was pretty runny before), but it still seems to have plenty of moisture.

    I figure it would be obvious if they were dehydrated. So, I am just curious about what their water consumption should be at six weeks. What about two months? Three? Four? When does it level off?


  2. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Free Ranging

    Apr 6, 2014
    Melrose Park Illinois
    I am not a VETERINARIAN, , and I don't play one on TV. LOL But here is my thinking...... Water consumption will vary, Here are some reasons....
    1. Egg production, or not.
    2. Activity level.
    3. Ambient temperature.
    4. Type of feed (dry, crumbles, grain, vegetables, free range insects.) all will affect water needs.
    There are probably other factors as well..
    I suggest you should not worry as long as there is water available to them.. Chickens do know what their needs are,.......... Hunger and thirst are solved with natural instincts.. Chickens also know to pick up grit naturally.
  3. Mahlzeit

    Mahlzeit Songster

    Jul 16, 2007
    Long Island NY
    This is a great response and I agree 100% I feel the biggest factors in water consumption is temperature and what they are eating. As cavemanrich said I wouldn't worry about it too much as long as they look happy and healthy.

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