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Water needs for your Backyard Chickens

Article by Kirsty Peters

It is vital that you provide your chickens with a supply of clean fresh water at all times. Water is essential for your chickens health, especially if you think an egg is made up of 75% water, which has to be drawn from the hen’s body. So obviously she needs to replenish that amount of water, on top of her normal daily water requirements.

Their water container must be clean, free of dirt and algae build-up and the water must be reasonably fresh, you should try to refill at least once a day, to keep the water from going stale or getting fouled with dust and algae. Unfortunately, chickens do not make much of an effort to keep their water supply clean and will foul it with droppings or dirt they scratch up if it is left at ground level. Once the water is dirty, they will not drink it, so a solution is to raise the water dish or feeder above ground level and place it near to the entrance to the coop, so they can easily access it.

Your chickens’ water dispenser or dish should be regularly scrubbed and cleaned to keep the water in it fresh. Both water supplies and food feeders should be ideally placed at chicken shoulder height, so your chickens can easily reach them. A rabbit drip type water feeder is no use to a chicken as they would not be able to get their beak around it, as they must be able to dip their beaks into the water to drink.

A chicken’s water needs will depend on its size, age, and status. A laying hen requires much more water than a non-laying hen or a rooster. Meat birds also drink more water than regular pullets, because they are growing so quickly; they will also need more food.

The chicken’s diet affects the amount of water they require, as well. A free range chicken which is consuming a lot of juicy bugs and plants will not need as much water as a chicken which eats only a dry pellet food. The weather and climate will obviously play a part, as the hotter the weather the more the chicken will drink. Chickens which live in a very dry climate will also drink more water than chickens which live in a humid climate. Try to keep your water container out of the sun to stop the water in it evaporating and getting too warm.

There is no hard and fast rule about how much water each chicken will drink in a day, this will depend upon a great many factors and you just need to be attentive to your chickens’ needs. To start with it is probably a good idea to work on the basis of half a gallon of water per chicken, always err on the safe side.

Kirsty Peters is a writer and has her own rare breed poultry farm. For more information and resources on hens and chicken keeping see http://keep-hens-raise-chickens.com










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