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We are now getting the freezing temps at night here. The ducks 200 gallon kiddie pool that is out in the yard has frozen over several times now. It might be time to put it away, they will be very sad. Interestingly, the 50 gallon black livestock tank in their run has not frozen over at all. The stock tank does get a little more sun but I think the thing that is helping more is the fact that the stock tank is buried. The ground insulates it. Might be something to keep in mind for next year if the ground is to hard to dig a hole now.

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Oh, don't go all science-y on me, you guys. >.< lol! Really, though?? Warm water freezes faster than cold water? All I know is when I put regular cold water in their bowls before heading to work  last winter, it was frozen when I got home. But when I started putting slightly warm water out there it was always still liquid (though sometimes a little slushy) when I got home. 

Warm water can freeze faster than cold, it's not an always phenomenon but it's very common sometimes the opposite happens as well...

Surprisingly it's so common that if you test it in your freezer with two cups or bowels of water you will generally see the warm/hot freeze first most of the time...
Edited by MeepBeep - 11/9/15 at 10:49am
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Oh, don't go all science-y on me, you guys. >.< lol!  

You can always count in me to go all "sciency" lol; I'm easily distracted wink.png


I am entirely too lazy to set up some if the neat watering systems I've seen on here... @Blooie has an awesome nipple waterer set up, and I've thought of using a black storage tank and running constantly circulating water through it, but like mentioned, entirely too lazy to stretch that much PVC out tongue.png

Instead, DH got me a heated waterer for the layer coop, and the other 2 I just have rubber pans that I dump over in the morning and fill empties from the day before from a bucket.

Everybody else can just go drink from the cattle tank, granted, if somebody didn't forget to plug in the tank heater and they're skating instead wink.png
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