One of our biggest shocks when we put the
Avian Aqua Miser in our tractors was how little water the birds
actually drank. We’d been spilling a gallon or two of water a
day, trying to flush the poop out of our old waterers. But when
the water reservoir is enclosed and chickens drink from a nipple, the
birds only consume about half a cup per day.
Temperature, obviously, affects our chickens’ drinking rate, but we’ve
discovered that age does too. We have three tractors of chickens
— one contains three year old hens and the other two contain 16 month
old hens. The older hens drink nearly twice as much as their
younger farm-mates! I wonder whether the plentiful clean water in
chicken waterers is the reason that our three year old hens are
still laying at nearly the same rate as the youngsters?