Well, Isn't This Strange?...........

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by gltrap54, Sep 3, 2011.

  1. gltrap54

    gltrap54 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My 6 Golden Comet hens have gone from drinking maybe a half gallon of water/day on the hottest days & suddenly their 2 Gal waterer has been dry the last couple of days. I filled it this AM. & just gathered eggs this afternoon & it was empty. My first thought was that it was leaking out, but there's no water in the deep litter where the waterer sits. Could they possibly be drinking that much water???

    Here's those thirsty critters........

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    OBTW, that's not their current waterer in the pic! They now have a 2 Gal galvanized waterer.
     
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2011
  2. flowergirl60

    flowergirl60 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is kind of strange.....Hmmmmmm. BTW your flock is beautiful. They look healthy and happy.[​IMG]
     
  3. Achickenwrangler#1

    Achickenwrangler#1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    300 to 900 ml per day per bird..yup
     
  4. LoreenH

    LoreenH Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my chicken books says one hen can drink at least a quart of water on a hot day. So yes, they can be drinking that much.
     
  5. gltrap54

    gltrap54 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thank you flowergirl60! They're for sure my girls........ Got me right where they want me!
     
  6. gltrap54

    gltrap54 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I guess the part that puzzles me is the fact they were consuming so little water, then pow....... They get lots of fresh veggies from my garden, so I always assumed they were getting a lot of their water from that.......[​IMG]
     
  7. stilldeb

    stilldeb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine have been nearly emptying their waterer by afternoon on hot days and I refill it with ice water. I'm amazed at how much those little beaks can put away. We are expecting cooler weather next week - I can't wait!
     
  8. savingpurple

    savingpurple Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine are scratching at their waterer, and knocking it over, leaks out, and they are bone dry then...silly birds!!!!
     
  9. christineavatar

    christineavatar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a waterer that is hooked up to the water pipes. It never runs out. Cleaning it is a bear!
     
  10. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Laying hens do drink lots.

    if they go off lay their fluid requirements diminish.
     

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