Originally Posted by nbenevento
Even though when I usually ask a chicken related question it never gets answered, I am going to ask this anyway...how do the PVC waterers with the nipples work in the winter time? I am already thinking ahead to winter and how much I hate having to break up ice to change the water a few times a day. I have been wanting to do the PVC and nipple set up for a while but I don't know ifit will be more trouble than its worth in the winter. Doesn't the whole thing freeze?
I have never used PVC waters. So I can't answer that part. I can tell you what I do for the winter. I have a barn with its own breaker box. I use a heated metal base, with a metal 5 gallon double wall fountain. That will water all my chickens, and turkeys for 24 hours in the winter. For my ducks and geese I have a 50 gallon rubbermaid plastic livestock tank, they sell heaters that you put in the plug at the bottom.
For summer I use the top fill 5 gallon plastic fountains, I have 2 of them in my main coop. I also put barley bags in them. It keeps the water cleaner and more palatable. Then the breeding/conditioning cages have a stainless steel bowl. I don't have birds in the breeding/conditioning cages in the winter. Then for the ducks and geese, I use the same rubbermaid stock tank I use in the winter.
Something I want to do is get a plastic drum water tank, with a solar panel on it. A bulk feed holder would be nice too