What temp does the water need to be? does it matter?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by myblackf150, Jul 10, 2010.

  1. myblackf150

    myblackf150 In the Brooder

    Apr 25, 2010
    Evington, VA
    On very hot days my automatic watering system provides water that is very hot. I supply the water to the system by running a garden hose across the ground and the sun bakes the water in the hose until it is to hot to touch. I have to use 2 - 3 times the amount of water needed to fill the container just to cool the water. my question is - does it matter? Does warm water provide as well as cold water?

    Here is a link to my water system:
  2. ADozenGirlz

    ADozenGirlz The Chicken Chick[IMG]emojione/assets/png/00ae.png

    Oct 18, 2009
    Quote:I would think that hot water would not be good for chickens on a hot day. I change my waterers once or twice a day to keep it cool during really hot days (80s and above). Cool water provides the chickens with a way to cool their insides. Heat is much more dangerous to chickens than cold weather as chickens have no sweat glands and it is difficult for them to regulate their temperature. Cold water goes a long way towards helping them out.
  3. math ace

    math ace Crowing

    Dec 17, 2009
    Jacksonville, FL
    IF the water gets above a certain temperature, the chickens will stop drinking it. . . . . . I think that certain temperature is around 85 F

    I make sure my water is in the shade and run the water a while before refilling their canisters. Also, I through a couple of ice cubes in their water around lunch time to help cool it down. My day temps have been running 100 + this week. It has been horrid.
  4. banks

    banks Songster

    Last edited: Jul 10, 2010

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