Almost people who are a beginner of keeping chicken think that providing water for chicken is as easy as we usually feed our cat or dog. However, there is more than one rule to do this work, and choosing chicken waterers also plays a vital role in their diet.
Water chickens are not simply fill up the container, place it in the chicken coop and allow them easy to access whenever they want. These following are some must-know tips for you to water your chickens.
What is a chicken waterer?
There are some features that a waterer needs to have and some different types of them. But basically, the waterer is the device that holds water for your chicken in which they can drink from.
Water plays an important role in poultry metabolism that helps chickens regulate their body temperature, digest food and eliminate their wasters. The lack of water for chicken for several hours will lead to the risk of fall in egg production.
How much water does a flock need?
It is may surprise you, on average, a full-grown chicken will require from half a litre up to 1 litre of water per day. The amount of water that they drink also depends on some factors such as the size of the chickens, the season and the temperature around them.
At normal temperatures, chickens will drink at least twice the amount of food. But when the temperature is rising, chickens tent to consume water about double or quadruple the food.
Remember that never limit the amount of water and the access of chickens to water. The meat birds may require more water than laying eggs chicken.
Where you should place the chicken waterers?
It is better to place the waterers in the cool, shady area in the coop. The coop will keep waterer from getting dirtied and the elements wastes; the shady area will keep the water always cool. Furthermore, you should have an additional waterer placed in the other area to ensure your flock never be lack of water.