Why Water is Critically Important to Chickens

| 5/29/2012 1:52:45 PM

Tags: chickens and water, hydrating chickens, chicken waterer, chicken digestion, poultry waterer, chickens heat, chickens egg production, egg production, Kathy Shea Mormino,

A photo of Kathy Shea 

Mormino“Water is the driving force of all nature.” Leonardo da Vinci

white hen wading in puddle 
103° in the shade, water is critical to survival. This area was intentionally flooded & the food placed in the middle of the puddle to cause the hens to wade in it to cool off 

I have always known that my chickens need clean, fresh water, but I never knew the scope of its importance until recently when researching some questions I had on the subject. The following is the essence of what I learned:

For Metabolism 

"Water is involved in every aspect of poultry metabolism. It plays important roles in regulating body temperature, digesting food, and eliminating body wastes. At normal temperatures, poultry consume at least twice as much water as feed. When heat stress occurs, water consumption will double or quadruple."  

The Essential Nutrient 

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Kathy Mormino
5/31/2012 12:29:04 AM

Thank you Susan!

Kathy Mormino
5/31/2012 12:28:52 AM

My pleasure, Martha!

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