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Watering in hot heat !!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by sbas5561, Aug 6, 2013.

  1. sbas5561

    sbas5561 In the Brooder

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    I'm new to chickens & I was wondering what would be good to add to my chickens water to keep them hydrated?? It's so hot where I live (southeastern Oklahoma) during the summer. Don't want them to get dehydrated!! Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thanks
     

  2. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Crowing

    Electrolytes, like Save-A-Chick, are a very good thing to add to the water in heat stress situations.
     
  3. sbas5561

    sbas5561 In the Brooder

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    Can I purchase it locally or will I have to order it ??
     
  4. LoneOak

    LoneOak Chirping

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    Any good feed store should have electrolytes, it is a powder that comes in a sealed pouch and you mix it with their water. It is also available at Tractor Supply. Most people just give it to young chicks but I guess its okay for older birds, read the label well.

    I do believe that a good source of water is really all they need, do a search on this forum for-search box is near the top of every page-for nipple water system or water nipples and look at the systems other people have. My favorite is the Horizontal nipple water system, I just installed one a couple weeks ago. Some people use a cooler for their reservoir and add blocks of ice to it in hot weather, I don't have that problem where I live.
     
  5. MelissaTXRn

    MelissaTXRn Songster

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    ^ what lone oak said
    My fave by far is the horizontal nipples. I use a cooler for the reservoir and fill it with ice water.
     
  6. sbas5561

    sbas5561 In the Brooder

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    Did you make yours or purchase it some where ??
     
  7. LoneOak

    LoneOak Chirping

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    Quote: I built all mine myself just like I try to do with everything. I search wide and long for the least expensive parts and put all my stuff together myself.
     

  8. sbas5561

    sbas5561 In the Brooder

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    Could you post a pic I haven't seen any with a cooler ??
     
  9. LoneOak

    LoneOak Chirping

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    I didn't use a cooler on mine because I don't need it where I'm located but I pretty sure that CrazyCrable used one. I have a 55 gal drum that catches rainwater from the roof of the coop.
     
  10. MelissaTXRn

    MelissaTXRn Songster

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    Here is mine in our temporary coop. [​IMG]
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    I bought the nipples from Rich 386 and built it myself. Not hard at all.
     

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