|Posted on December 15, 2017 at 11:00 PM|
Chickens are resiliant animals, they have to be, to have survived changing habitats and climates for millions of years.
Scientific Journals have asserted that they are the closest living relative to the Tyrannosaurus Rex!
They have a very clever design, where both excretory functions are combined into one. The purpose of this is to allow the birds to be lightweight for flight, without excess weight involved in fluid storage.
Without the capacity to store water, birds have a heightened needs for access to fresh clean water. Each bird will need at least 1/2 a litre per day. If they are currently laying eggs or it is hot weather this can increase to 1 litre. Make sure you don't allow green bacterial slime to build up in their water - you may consider keeping a brush nearby to clean their water tray when you replace their water. Keep this in a shaded area. Alternatively refill their water bulb frequently. (You can buy a water bulb for your chickens at $25 from us).
The importance of keeping your hens hydrated and with some cool shade can't be over emphasised. Heat exhaustion can quickly lead to mortality within your flock. If you do have chickens passed out from the heat, you may try reviving them, open their beaks and get water in, it depends on how long they have been unconcious for. They may surprise you, and regain their consciousness.