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!

kathy mormino
5/31/2012 12:28:25 AM

That's awesome to know, Heidi, thanks for following along on my chicken adventures!

kathy mormino
5/31/2012 12:10:09 AM

I've never seen these at TSC, Michele. Good to know!

kathy mormino
5/31/2012 12:09:47 AM

Wow, Kim. Thanks! Do me a favor when you get home from work at night, shoot me a message with the night's menu b/c while I'm cooking up chicken tips for you, I should be making dinner for my family! LOL

kathy mormino
5/31/2012 12:08:43 AM

Thank you, Barb!

barb brown
5/30/2012 2:53:19 PM

I always wait for new posts or blogs from the chicken chick!! Always interesting and informative!!

kim harden
5/30/2012 1:33:38 PM

I'm addicted to The Chicken Chick, the first thing I do when I get home from work is check FB to see what new and awesome tips she has. Then I start cooking dinner...LOL

michele chlebik
5/30/2012 11:44:32 AM

We have two of these waters and love them. We got ours at Tractor Supply during Chick Days, but haven't seen them since.

heidi burrows
5/30/2012 11:20:02 AM

Wow every time I read your blogs I find at least 2 great ideas to use at my Homestead! Love it and Thanks!

martha waugh
5/30/2012 3:15:19 AM

Thanks for the info. I really need to get one of these waterers. It would make life so much easier.

susan bert
5/30/2012 2:13:29 AM

Congratulations! This is very exciting!

nancy walker
5/30/2012 1:20:54 AM

Love the green waterer, and I don't have to flood my coop the rain is keeping it WET!!!

kathy mormino
5/30/2012 1:06:21 AM

Thank you Joann!!

kathy mormino
5/30/2012 1:06:10 AM

I'm with you, Patricia. Hauling water is a drag and I'd rather clean the droppings board than tend to the waterers but...you're right, the most important thing we can do for our chickens is provide them with clean water.

kathy mormino
5/30/2012 1:04:51 AM

Thank you Gina! It's so nice to have you as a subscriber. :)

kathy mormino
5/30/2012 1:04:23 AM

Thank you Caprese! I tried the toddler pool first, but they wanted nothing to do with it!

kathy mormino
5/30/2012 12:57:11 AM

Let me know how you like it, Tracy. My pleasure to share it with you!

kathy mormino
5/30/2012 12:56:41 AM

LOL, Sara. You must appreciate a challenge! It's actually not complicated at all once you figure it out! Hopefully I've demystified the assembly process for you b/c it really is a great waterer! The best part about it is that the water inside the container stays clean, there is no way for the dirty water to back up into it as it can with other waterers.

sara sweatman
5/30/2012 12:32:18 AM

Wow that is one complicated waterer. I think I need one! Will you come over and give lessons!! Congrats on joining in on Grit!

tracy peters
5/30/2012 12:21:44 AM

Definitely going to try the 4-H auto waterer. Thanks for all the good ideas and information.

caprese parks
5/30/2012 12:09:34 AM

Great blog Kathy and a great idea of putting the feeder in the middle of the puddle so they have to go thru the water. :) Caprese Parks parks90@comcast.net

gina brown
5/30/2012 12:08:32 AM

As always, love your blog! I really feel like I am learning so much reading them!

5/30/2012 12:08:30 AM

Watering the chickens is always my most dreaded job...but the most important! I even let my son "play" near the chicken coop with the water hose when it is hot, so that there is some extra moisture in the chicken area! Keep the great posts coming!

joann mcgregor
5/30/2012 12:04:55 AM

as always a great read!

kathy mormino
5/30/2012 12:04:06 AM

My pleasure, Robin. Thanks for sharing your winter water tip. :)

kathy mormino
5/30/2012 12:03:15 AM

LOL, thanks for the vote of confidence, Cindy. ;)

kathy mormino
5/30/2012 12:02:53 AM

Thanks Makenna! The 4-H waterer is available at JeffersLivestock: http://www.jefferslivestock.com/easy-fill-drinker/camid/LIV/cp/HAF-H3/cn/3503/

makenna vanegas
5/29/2012 11:56:26 PM

Great blog post. Very interesting AND informative. LOVE the 4-H waterer! Where might you find such a thing?

cindy brown
5/29/2012 11:54:49 PM

Kathy is one smart CHICK about chickens!

robin halsey
5/29/2012 11:54:35 PM

I solved the ice problem by buying some heated dog waterers! They are great!! And they are MUCH easier to clean than a typical chicken waterer!!! Thanks for the water for chicken facts!

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