Water consumption has been a hotly debated topic over the years.
But is it really enough to meet the growing demand for chicken drinking water?
A new study from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Johns Hopkins University finds that the answer is yes.
The researchers compared drinking water consumption in chickens to that of other animals, including humans, for six months in 2015.
They found that the chickens’ intake of water increased by approximately 13 percent, or more than 20 gallons a day, when compared to the average human’s intake.
That means the average chicken drank a total of about 1,600 gallons of water each day.
That’s almost enough to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool.
To understand the water consumption implications, it’s important to know the exact size of a chicken.
Researchers from the University of Chicago’s Institute for Comparative Animal Science used to estimate the average drinking water intake for chickens, but those estimates have changed since then.
According to a 2012 report in Science magazine, scientists estimated that a chicken consumes as much as 40,000 gallons of freshwater each day, or the equivalent of two Olympic-size swimming pools.
Researchers found that chicken drinking waters have increased by nearly 1,700 percent since the study was conducted.
But what’s more, the increase in water consumption has actually been more gradual.
According the researchers, chickens’ water consumption is much more likely to occur when they are in a breeding flock.
Drinking water was already considered an essential part of the chicken diet in the past, but there’s a lot of debate about whether the consumption of water is a good idea in chickens.
A 2015 study in the journal PLOS One looked at the drinking water of more than 4,000 chickens in North America.
Researchers found that drinking water was found to be more important to the health of the birds than food.
A lot of that debate is driven by the fact that many chickens are kept in confinement, which means the birds are not allowed to consume water.
The birds also are not given enough time to drink enough water to meet their daily requirements.
According To Food Safety News, chicken drinking is a common practice in many parts of the world.
In some parts of Africa, the practice is known as a “tongue-fishing” method, and it’s believed that the practice encourages the birds to get the water they need from other sources.
But the current study is the first to compare chicken drinking to drinking water for humans, and the researchers say that the findings will help scientists better understand the importance of water in chicken diets.