Drinking troughs and fountains
84. The hen drinks a great deal.
A hen can drink more than a quarter of a litre of water a day.
Drinking troughs must:
· be big enough and in
sufficient numbers to hold plenty of water;
be big enough for a number of birds to drink without getting in each other's
· keep the water clean;
· not let the chicks fall into the water.
You can use:
Bowls or buckets put on a stand or let into the ground and
partly covered by netting.
Home- made drinking troughs and fountains with founts
For chicks: put the water in a shallow bowl or can at which the
chick can drink easily; take a bottle and fill it with water; turn the bottle
upside down and put the neck in the bowl; lean the bottle against a wall or make
a support as shown on page 43.
As the chick drinks, the water in the bottle flows into the
An ordinary 10- or 15- litre bucket serves very well too. Sink
it in the ground so that only about 10 centimetres are out. Be sure to change
the water frequently.
You can make a very good drinking trough from an old kerosene
can, as shown on the facing page.
Bought drinking troughs with founts.
If you have a lot of poultry, and you take very good care of
them, and if you can sell them easily, it is better to buy drinking troughs with