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Watering question

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Big Red Hen, Apr 28, 2009.

  1. Big Red Hen

    Big Red Hen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    About how much water should nearly 11 wk. old Leghorn pullets drink? Currently, they're drinking about 1/2 gallon of water.
     
  2. Cats Critters

    Cats Critters Completely Indecisive

    They should have water 24/7, they will know when they have had their fill.
     
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2009
  3. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

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    Thasss right. They should always have clean, fresh water and you should clean and ensure their waterers are full (or working, in the case of auto-fountains) daily. You can regulate their feeding - but never stint on the water.

    Leghorns will drink a bit less, due to reduced body size. But they are egg machines and the egg is mostly water. Smaller body + more eggs = plenty water.
    In general, layers drink about twice as much water, in pounds, as they consume in feed. 1-2 inches of water access is needed per bird.
    Temperature has an effect, too. The hotter it gets the more water they drink:

    Temperature Gallons h20 consumed/100 birds
    20-40................................................4.2-5.0
    41-60................................................5.0-5.8
    61-80.................................................5.8-7.0
    81-100................................................7.0-11.6

    source: N. England Poultry Management and Business Analysis Manual, bulletin 566.
     

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