What time of day do chickens drink the most water?

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  1. Henrik Petersson

    Henrik Petersson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was just reading up on turkey keeping, and stumbled upon this factoid:

    Quote: Chickens are closely related and similar in many respects to turkeys, so does the same apply to chickens? I've never thought about the fact that chickens might drink more or less during certain times of the day, but I guess that it makes sense that they would drink more right after they wake up (we're all a bit dehydrated when we wake up, right?)

    It would be good to know, because if the do drink more in the morning, I might start to take extra care to put fresh water in the pen every night after chicken bed time.
     
  2. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    Not sure, but I keep water 24/7 in the coop and in the run.
     
  3. Spartan22

    Spartan22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Same here I keep a waterer and a feeder in the coop, but my coop is big & tall, keeps the humidity under control. Pop door is always open to the run, have 3 waterers and feeders in there all the time, one heated.
     
  4. SueT

    SueT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They must have water, even more so if they are confined and eating dry feed. I always keep 2 waterers just in case one gets funky or empty without me noticing it.
    And I like to fill the water at night so the chorine will evaporate by morning.
     
  5. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Mine go after water within first four hours of day. First concern is sealing rank order and for males to mate hens.
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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  7. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens


    I understand what your asking...;)......Yes, I always change out the water in the evenings..Then they have fresh every morning when they wake up..:).....


    Cheers!
     
  8. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    I noticed that my peafowl will drink lots of water right after they lay an egg, which is almost always at dusk. Not saying chickens will do the same, but maybe? I don't know... Either way, fresh water 24/7 is ideal.
     
  9. Henrik Petersson

    Henrik Petersson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for the replies!

    They always have water, I was just wondering whether I should take extra care to keep it clean in the morning.
     
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2017

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