Our poultry need access to fresh water at all times. The amount of water they need to drink each day varies depending on several factors, such as climate, size and activity level.
In general, an adult hen drinks about 0.5 litres of water per day. However, in hot weather, they may drink up to twice as much. Also, if they are laying eggs, they need to drink even more water.
Some of the factors that can affect how much water hens drink are:
- Weather: Hens need to consume more water in hot weather to keep cool.
- Size: Larger hens need to drink more water than smaller hens.
- Activity level: More active hens, such as free-range hens, need to drink more than those kept in a coop.
- Egg-laying: Hens that lay eggs require more water than hens that do not lay eggs.
If you are unsure how much water your hens need to drink, it is always best to err on the side of caution and give them plenty of water. A good rule of thumb is to provide about 1 litre of water per hen per day.
Tips for providing clean water:
- Change the water in the chicken waterer often.
- Clean the drinker to avoid bacteria build-up.
- Place the drinker in a shady place to avoid overheating.
- Use a drinker designed for hens. This will make access to water easier and more comfortable.
- Providing your chickens with clean, fresh water will help them stay healthy and productive.
How to choose a poultry waterer?
- Look for a drinker made of durable materials, such as plastic or metal.
- Choose a drinker that is easy to clean and refill.
- Consider a drinker that is designed to be hygienic and environmentally friendly.
- If you have a lot of chickens or don't have a lot of time to look after them, you may need to choose a large chicken waterer.
One of our best large capacity drinkers is the >Silo Free-Range Drinker. Its benefits are as follows:
- It is made of sturdy plastic and is very robust.
- The product is totally healthy and safe because it is BPA free.
- In addition, it is UV protected so it does not get damaged by the sun's rays.
- It holds 35 and 45 litres of water, giving you more freedom as you don't have to refill it every day.
- It has a filter to prevent waste from entering the water.
- Its tank is graduated and you can check the water level at all times.
- It has a part that provides two filling levels, one with a smaller quantity and the other with a larger quantity.
Whichever poultry drinker you choose, make sure the water is clean and fresh at all times. This will help the welfare of your chickens and poultry.