Why are my chicken drinking so much water in a single day?

Goldennguluwe

Chirping
Mar 1, 2018
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Blantyre, Malawi
My chickens are drinking way too much water in a day. I have 5 of these 10 ltr water buckets and when i fill them up in the morning, by 8 PM the same day, 3 are already gone and the remaining buckets have very low water levels. And i don't know why they always empty the very water buckets each and every single time.
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chickenmama109

Crowing
Mar 5, 2017
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Has the weather been hot lately there’s a good amount of chickens there I have ten chickens and two waters and that is gone in one to two days but you have more chickens and more waters it’s fine chickens need a good amount of water good luck
 

dlp40

Chirping
Dec 1, 2015
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Florence sc
What is your humidity In your area right now. I know my chickens (8 total) are drinking about 2 gallons every day but our humidity is super low right now. This happens every year in winter for me. Hope this helps a bit.
 

DaviJones

Songster
Nov 7, 2017
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X2 on what Banty asked
I've got some as well
>Have you checked for leaks?
>What temperature is it?
>Do wild birds or other animals have possible access to the dispensers?
>How low are we talking here? 1/4 of each container left? An 1/8?
>Is this behavior new and how much so deviant from the norm is it? Ex. They were drinking it down to half full and now its an eighth.

Thanks! I know its quite a bit of questioning, but t's to help us access the situation. Hopefully it doesn't seem too much like an interogation ;)
 
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lazy gardener

Crossing the Road
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Nov 7, 2012
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Chickens don't sweat. So, they have to drink a lot of water to cool off their internal temperature on a hot day. If you are giving them dry feed, that will make a huge difference. I ferment their feed. So, while they are not drinking as much from the water founts, they are still taking in as much liquid over the course of the day. You should check to be sure that your waterers are level, and that there are no leaks. If the base is even just a little bit cross threaded or if they are not level they will spill all the water out onto the ground. If all of your birds are adults, you could give them a couple shallow buckets as well, so that if you did have a fount leak, they would still have an other water option.
 

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