What do chickens in the wild do for water?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chicabee19, Aug 18, 2008.

  1. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2008
    I have been studying quite a bit, and everyone is very careful to give water in special feeders.

    What do chickens do for water in the wild? Why would a tiny spring in the ground filled with water not work for chickens in a backyard?

  2. Bi0sC0mp

    Bi0sC0mp Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 21, 2008
    it would my free range chickens drink the water tthat drains from our central ac unit its clean fresh and ice cold they love it..
  3. PAChickenChick

    PAChickenChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2008
    I would think that this would be fine....as long as the water is in motion and not standing.

    More than the drinking issue...I would be worried if it was big enough for any chicks/chickens to drown in. If it's not, I don't think there should be a problem.
  4. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    I have never seen chickens in the wild...are their wild chickens that someone just didn't dump someplace? Their is prob a reason there are not wild chickens around much...maybe lack of water? [​IMG]

    Just did a search and apparently their are wild chickens in VA and even in Hawaii. I have never seen or heard of wild chickens around here at all. Interesting...I wonder what their average age is in the wild.
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2008
  5. BantyHugger

    BantyHugger Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2008
    The only "wild" Chickens i've ever heard of live in the rain forest. I assume that they just drink from puddles. People worry about they birds pooping in and then drinking dirty water. So long as they can't poo in it or it moves the dirty stuff away i think it would be fine.
  6. Barnyard Dawg

    Barnyard Dawg Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2007
    Northern California
    Our chickens drink from our creek there is a deep end where we have our turtle and gold fish, they love to congregate there it has a lot of brush which gives them shade and all along the creek there is running water, berries along with mint where they search for bugs and eat grass.
  7. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Chickens are a domestic animal, not found in the wild. They can go feral much like cats and dogs. Chickens are believed to be descended from a jungle fowl which live in the wild.
  8. scooter147

    scooter147 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2008
    The red jungle fowl of Asia (truely a wild chicken) find their water in creeks and puddles.
    Remember that chicks really don't require water until at least the third day.
    Wild turkey and pheasant chicks will drink droplets of dew from vegetation and will also find moisture from the insects they consume. Drowning of chicks especially the first week of life is a problem for wild poultry.
  9. MooseHillFarm

    MooseHillFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2008
    Quote:Hawaii has "wild" chickens running around all over the place. I've heard it's because of hurricanes that destroyed chicken coops, and the loose chickens went on reproduce like crazy.
    Of course the weather is warm and hospitable, and it usually rains once a day, so there's probably enough puddles to keep the crowd happy. I was at a hamburger stand in Hawaii, and mama chicken, trailed by her babies came by to eat scraps.
    Where I live in CT, we have plenty of thriving wild turkeys, so they must be getting enough water.
  10. Henrietta23

    Henrietta23 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 20, 2007
    Eastern CT
    Mine will drink from my little water garden pond more frequently than they do from their waterer. The water is circulating but not filtered. They've been doing it for years and it doesn't seem to hurt them any. My ducks don't have access to it. That helps keep it clean!

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