All the recent frozen waterer panicks have led to a lot of talk about chickens spending any amount of time without fresh water. I KNOW it's vital to their survival and of course they all need fresh water... but just how long have your chickens "accidentally" gone without water? I myself screwed up big time once, and I'm certain my entire hen house of 30 chickens went almost 24 whole hours without water, overnight of course but still. Others have definitely been without a source of water for at least a few hours due to spillage, forgetfullness, poor communication and what-have-you. Granted this is only occassional, but they have all been fine in any of those cases. Is there really any reason to panic if your chooks are waterless for a few hours, for instance, waiting for waterer to defrost itself in the mornings... or for whatever other reason it might happen?