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Watering/Drinking question from a newb

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by GTjacket02, Feb 17, 2012.

  1. GTjacket02

    GTjacket02 Hatching

    Feb 17, 2012
    Atlanta, GA
    Hi all!

    I've had my 2 girls (1 Rock and 1 RIR, each about 12 months old) for 2 weeks now and I'm really concerned with how little they're drinking. They have a 2 gallon nipple system in the coop and a 2 liter rabbit waterer in the run...I know they both know how to use the rabbit waterer and I know that atleast the Rock knows how to use the nipple system. But they barely drink at all; I’m talking a couple ounces per day between the 2 of them. I let them free range for about 3 hours each day so they’re getting moisture in the grass, plants, etc…but that can’t be enough can it? If I take a bowl of water to them, they’ll drink from it eventually but they certainly don’t run to it and suck it all down.

    Otherwise they seem happy and healthy. Last week they gave me 7 eggs but only 3 so far this week…is that a concern?

    Any advice? Thanks!

  2. sparkles2307

    sparkles2307 Terd of Hurtles

    I think that's enough for them to drink when they're supplementing with plant moisture! It sounds like you're taking excellent care of them!
  3. OkChickens

    OkChickens Orpingtons Are Us

    Dec 1, 2010
    Owasso, Oklahoma
    They might be in some what in shock from the move to there new coop. My birds drink muck more than a that a day. I have 7 hens and a Roo in a coop that drinks 3 gallons in about 3 days in the winter and 2 days in the summer.

    Last edited: Feb 17, 2012
  4. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    If it were me I'd put a 5 gallon waterer out in the yard near the hose where it is easy to fill/clean so I didn't have to worry. They can get to it free ranging.

    I have no experience with the nipple waterers but I wouldn't be happy with that level of water consumption. I ALWAYS have at least two waterers since I have learned that one will surely fail and during the heat of the summer most likely.
  5. OkChickens

    OkChickens Orpingtons Are Us

    Dec 1, 2010
    Owasso, Oklahoma
    Very true! If I have more than 10 birds in a pen I always have 2 waterers in with them. I would hate to walk out there and find birds dead from dehydration.

  6. SmokinChick

    SmokinChick Songster

    Apr 27, 2011
    Kingsville, MD
    If they are drinking out of the nipple system then they are fine. If they were thirsty they would be hanging out at the nipples all day.

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