The drinking time of laying hens and the amount of drinking water per day are also related to the egg production rate of laying hens. If the farmers have a good amount of drinking water every day, the egg production rate will drop, so drinking water is also very important.
Water has a great impact on the laying rate of laying poultry. The supply of drinking water is very important, and the water supply is lacking, resulting in a decrease in egg production rate. The demand for water in poultry is generally considered to be 1:2 for water. In practice, continuous water supply (free drinking water) is used, or continuous water supply is sufficient to completely ensure the water supply. The quality of the water has an important influence on the egg production rate. The high nitrite content in the water causes the laying hens to vent, the egg production rate and hatching rate decrease; the pathogenic microorganisms in the water are the primary source of infection for egg-producing diseases, resulting in a decrease in egg production. Therefore, it is necessary to supply enough, clean and clean drinking water for laying eggs.
Under normal circumstances, the daily water requirement of each chicken is about 110 ml in winter, about 280 ml in summer, and about 200 ml in spring and autumn. When the laying rate of laying hens increases, the amount of water required is also added. Because the chickens at this time are strong in egg production and the metabolism is strengthened, not only does the egg need to form water, but as the food intake of the chicken increases, the water requirement also increases. Therefore, special attention should be paid to water supply during the peak period of chicken laying. Otherwise, it will directly affect its health and egg production.
Under normal circumstances, the laying hen will have 3 peaks of drinking water every day, which is 8:00 am, 12 noon, and 6:00 pm every day. Most of the chicken’s drinking time is in the light time. At around 8 in the morning, the chicken is exposed to light (daylight or light); around 12 noon, it is the peak time of the chicken laying eggs. After the hen has finished producing the eggs, the body consumes more water and feels very thirsty to drink water; Around 6 o’clock, the light time will be completed, ready to enter the evening to rest, the chicken should drink enough water to facilitate the spare time in the evening. If the laying hens drink less water or drink less water during the peak period of the three water needs, the laying and health of the chicken will be quickly manifested.