Hello, I would appreciate any recommendations for how to keep fresh water from freezing in the coop. Our chickens will be out in the coop at night in a couple of weeks when their feathers come in and the temps warm up. We will supply heat as needed this spring when they are young but moving forward we will not be heating the coop.
What is the best way to keep the girls' drinking water from freezing on cold nights and cold days next fall here in NJ? I see we can buy a heated water dispenser such as the K&H Mfg Thermo Poultry Heated Waterer but I was also told that a heated pad under the water is the best way to go.
Please let me know what works best for your chickens and why or what you would recommend for us. We are new to having chickens in the backyard. Right now they are older chicks living in the basement!