What are my chickens thinking?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by peehead, Jun 8, 2008.

  1. peehead

    peehead Out Of The Brooder

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    A while ago I got some ducks for the first time...Been learning a lot.
    I was thinking that I would keep them with the chickens, and with that have had to make changes with the chicken's set up, trying to find what works best for both. I leave the waterer in the coop like I always have, where it remains clean. And I set a gallon waterer out for the ducks twice a day. The ducks have a pool in which they do their "thing" which turns perfectly good water into filth in no time. For some reason, I keep catching my chickens drinking from this dirty pool when they have clean water.
    I don't clean the pool everyday, every couple of days.

    I am worried that this will make them sick. This can't be good for them. Do I need to separate?
     
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2008
  2. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    * Some of us were wondering WHY it is that chickens seem to haue a 'preferance' for dirty water. Mine trys very hard to muck hers up if there is anyway she can. Maybe they just like it 'flavored'??? All I can figure is maybe it's something from the tap or the hose they don't like-- or, they like water they can SEE as well as taste?? WHO KNOWS???[​IMG]
     
  3. peehead

    peehead Out Of The Brooder

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    Perhaps its the flavor....I'm on a well, and our water is really good, at least I think so.... or perhaps they are simply lazy.
    I have a feeling I'm not going to be keeping them together, It just doesn't seem healthy for them to drink dirty water. And I don't want to change the pool out everyday either. That seems like such a waste.
    I've been thinking about catching the rain off the coop for the pool and using the dirty water for my shrubs and trees. It seems like it would be a good fertilizer.
     

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