What would you do?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Crazychickenmama8, Feb 5, 2019.

  1. Crazychickenmama8

    Crazychickenmama8 Chirping

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    Hello!
    I was wondering what you all do for your flock in the summer, I have a largeish yard for my area and my girls free range, should I leave water all around my yard for them when it gets hotter out? They have free access all day to their coop and run but will they go back when they are free ranging to get water? I want them to have the best. Thanks!
     
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  2. igorsMistress

    igorsMistress Crossing the Road Barefoot

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    I leave water in several places in my yard year round. It's hot in summer, who wants to walk all the way over there to get water?

    If your flock is used to water just in the coop all the time then they'll know where it is regardless though.
     
  3. Crazychickenmama8

    Crazychickenmama8 Chirping

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    Okay, I think I will leave water around the yard in the warmer months.
     
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  4. Spartan22

    Spartan22 Crowing

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    I normally limit my chickens access to half an acre area, they always have water in their run and outside the run. With that they know feeds and water is where the safe place is. It limit rodents and other wild animals drinking from their source of water.
     
  5. Chickassan

    Chickassan Wattle Fondler

    If you do leave bowls out be sure to change them a few times a day to cut down on wild bird nasties.:)
     
  6. Crazychickenmama8

    Crazychickenmama8 Chirping

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    Hmm, didn’t think of that. They always go back to their coop during the day. They actually are so funny, most of the day they are out they’ll stick to the parameter of my yard as if the middle is an off limits zone. I assume it’s cause they’re prey animals and that’s the safest way to roam? Lately they’ve been slowly going into the middle of the yard though. They love it! I can’t wait till they start laying. Come on eggies!
     
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  7. Ribh

    Ribh Songster

    I leave water in the coop & in the run. I also dampen the ground in the coolest shadiest spot so they have somewhere really cool to lie down. An ice bottle in the water or frozen treats really helps on those extra hot days. I even put a frozen bottle in the coop @ night if it is really bad as it provides some relief even on the hottest nights.
     
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  8. Crazychickenmama8

    Crazychickenmama8 Chirping

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    That’s a great idea. I will do the frozen bottle in the water for the hotter days. I always have fresh clean water in the coop and in the run. We got a taste of the warmer weather today and I soooooooo want it back but I’m worried for my girls cause I know it can get hot in the summer.
     
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  9. Ribh

    Ribh Songster

    Parts of Oz have been experiencing severe heat this summer so we have been pooling ideas. Glad to pass along what we've learnt collectively. :)
     
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  10. Chickassan

    Chickassan Wattle Fondler

    I do that too! Iv'e got four eight gallon plastic water cooler jugs I fill and put in the deep freeze.
    They're big enough to perch on if the girls want. I wrap them in old towels so they wont be slippery and they looove them!
    Great excersise for me too!:p
     

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