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close this bookBetter Farming Series 13 - Keeping Chickens (FAO - INADES, 1977, 48 p.)
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Clean water

54. It is very important to give poultry plenty of clean water.

Poultry do not make good use of their food if they do not drink enough water.

One hen can drink a quarter of a litre of water a day.

For 20 hens, you need about 5 litres of water a day. If the weather is very hot, the birds will drink more. Each hen will drink about half a litre of water every day.

Put the water in fairly big drinking troughs so that several hens can drink at the same time.

Put the drinking troughs in the shade, near the feeding troughs.

Never let drinking troughs be empty. The water must always be clean. II It is dirty, it must be changed. Dirty water gives poultry a lot of diseases.

To make good use of feed poultry must drink a lot.