Originally Posted by duluthralphie
I have decided to go back to old steel founts and the misery they mean for watering. The drinking cups do not work in this cold. I have failed.
I do not want them to freeze and crack so I am going to put the water tanks I made away until spring.. I built a cafeteria room for the creamettes, moisture cannot get from the cafeteria into the creamettes coop. I am going to try and keep the cups in there as long as possible.
that stinks, I was hoping that would work for you.
My waterer with the horizontal nipples was still unfrozen this morning. Nipples not frozen either.
As far as I've seen, only these horizontal nipples can hold up to very cold weather.
Heated waterer with Horizontal nipples. This is close to my set up, only I use a 2 gallon pail, my nipples are not all on the bottom, they are at different heights. Mine is not insulated, may try that if need be. I found with my point and click thermometer, that even with the heater on the bottom, the warm water rises. I used a aquarium heater most of last year, then replaced it with a bird bath deicer 1/2 way through winter. I'm using that again this year, hopefully it works or i'll put the aquarium heater back in. I also have a circulating pump in there, not sure if it is needed, but it is there.
You've all seen this photo:
I'm sure a 5 gallon pail would work just as well. I'll be testing it this winter again. Last year I brought it inside on the really cold nights (below -10). this year I think I'll leave it out and see how it goes, on a weekend though, I need that waterer working during the day when i'm at work. I left it outside last night, but it was only down to 8 degrees.