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What do chickens drink?

To some it will be self-evident. But if you're just starting out with chickens, you may not know what the best drink is to help your flock stay healthy and happy.

On this page, you'll find links to articles all about the best possible liquids, with detailed, up-to-the-minute information based on evidence and scientific fact.

So you can be sure that, whatever your question about what chickens drink, it will be answered here, with all sources of information clearly described in each article.


Do chickens drink water?

What should chickens drink? Link.

This article was written after someone wrote to me saying they enjoyed giving their chickens alcohol. Don't ever give your chickens alcohol - unless you want to kill them!

Based on clear evidence, you'll learn about the best liquid for your flock, how much and how often chickens need to drink, how they ingest liquid and why that matters and what happens if they become dehydrated. 


What do baby chickens drink?

What do baby chicks drink? Find out here! - Link.

Should baby chicks drink anything different from adults? When should they first be given water, and how is it best to teach them to drink?

This article looks at the best liquids for chicks, and how it's best to make sure it's kept clean and free from bacteria.

Using my own experience of different types of waterer, I suggest one which will keep yur chicks safe and healthy.


Can chickens drink milk? Or beer?

Can chickens drink milk? Link.

Can chickens drink milk? What's the evidence from flocks that are fed milk and appear to thrive on it?

Not all milk is equal. Which is best for chickens - pasteurised or not? Cow's or goat's?

Is alcohol harmful to chickens? And why would you choose to give them alcohol in the first place?


Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar - is it good for chickens? Link.

There's a lot of hype around the internet about apple cider vinegar and chickens. It's claimed it cures more or less every ailment known to chicken keepers.

But what's the real story?

This article looks at the myths, the proven benefits, the type of vinegar to use, when it's useful and, importantly, when not to allow your chickens to drink it.


Electrolytes in the chicken coop

Electrolytes for chickens - what they are and how to make them. Link.

Electrolytes are an important part of any chicken-keeper's first aid kit. But what exactly are they, and when should they be used?

This article examines the science electrolytes, and gives detailed information about when they can be a life-saver.

There's also a recipe for a home made electrolyte drink, should you run out of the ready made product.

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