What’s the most important nutrient for chickens?


5 Years
Nov 11, 2014
We talk a lot about complete feeds and the important nutrients that hens need, but you may not have thought about the most important nutrient of all: Water!

Providing fresh, clean water each day is essential to keeping a happy and healthy backyard flock. On our farm, every 7 hens drink about 1 gallon of water each day. No matter the season, chickens need fresh, cool water. Without water, birds will not eat. Without food, birds are unable to regulate their body temperatures. If you live in a cold area, consider a heated waterer.

During the summer, be sure to place waterers in the shade. The summer heat makes this element even more important to keep them calm, cool and comfortable.

Watch this video for hydration tips:

Which type of waterer do you prefer and why?


Premium Feather Member
11 Years
Nov 23, 2010
St. Louis, MO
I agree with water but also might add fresh air as being most important. Those with small coops and little ventilation may not understand the damage that may be doing to tiny respiratory systems.

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