Providing Your Chickens With Water During Winter

During the winter periods your hens don’t need as much water as they do in the summer; however it’s still vitally important that they get an adequate supply.

On average their water intake will decrease by around 3 times during winter when compared to summertime.

Depending on where you live, wintertime for your chickens can be anything from a mild discomfort to an absolute nightmare! Trudging back and forth to the hen house two or three times a day, carrying buckets of water, in heavy snow is not for the faint of heart!

In this chapter we’re going to look at why chickens need water, how much water they need, and how to supply your chickens with fresh water during the winter months.

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4 Responses to Providing Your Chickens With Water During Winter

  1. mobiuswolf says:

    They seem to do just fine with snow. I don’t water them all winter.

  2. Cavguy says:

    My truck?

    I took a cookie tin that was a tad bit larger than the base of a standard red and white plastic water station. In the tin I secured a lamp fixture with a 40 watt bulb. I wrapped some insulated barrier wrap (used in metal buildings) around the sides of the tin. This kept their water from freezing and they were already used to the water station.

    Oh you have to plug it in and turn it on to make it work.


  3. Sanders says:

    I just use a heated waterer for them. I’ve done the heat tape thing and the heat lamp thing. The heat tape worked well, until the galvanized waterer rusted through – probably from electrolysis.

    One trick I’ve heard of is to put horse manure under the watering can. As the manure composts, the heat generated keeps it warm. The chickens will eat any bugs that are attracted to the manure.

  4. HaHa!@luis says:

    …”Providing Your Chickens With Water During Winter”…..
    I call it chicken soup!, ya can add noodles if ya want.

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