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Hand warmers for winter water/warmth?

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Someone mentioned in another thread using hand warmers to keep chicks warm.  I got to wondering if a hand warmer (some of them are supposed to last 8 hrs) would be a good method of keeping chickens (I'll only have 2) and their water from freezing during those few Oklahoma winter days/ nights that freeze water almost solid.  I was going to use a heat lamp but I've heard a lot of you say they are a bad fire hazard.  Anyone used a hand warmer under their small chicken waterer or wrapped up in a sock to lay amongst some hay for the hens to cuddle around? Do you think it would be too hot, or totally inefficient?  New at this so any advice helps. big_smile Thanks!
Kristy


Edited by barbieszoo - 9/17/10 at 10:49am

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Chicken mom to Zsa Zsa, a white silkie, Paisley, a mille fleur OEGB, and Capri, my little Serama girl.

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post #2 of 9

sounds expensive.  if you secure your heat lamp and keep the bulb a safe distance from the chickens and bedding, you will be fine.  you could also get a heat base for your waterer or a heated bucket.

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When I had a few birds in a small coop, just starting out, we would heat a river rock on the hearth, wrap it in an old towel and put it under the roost.  That being said, there was a great thread going last winter about putting a bucket of hot water in the coop to keep it warm since water will hold/absorb more heat than a rock.  Maybe if you do a search or someone might remember that thread...

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2 papillons, 1 giant pomeranian, 1 cat... 
2011 Flock = out of the egg business for now, just 1silkie, 1 JG, 1 OEGB, and 1 RSL
Be the change you want to see in the world...Ghandi
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post #4 of 9

depending on the size of the coop i have seen using 55 gallon barrels filled with water painted black as thermal mass heat absorbers.  blocks will do the same.

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post #5 of 9

You only have a few chickens, look at this thread on the cookie tin heater, very easy to make.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=107951

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IMO, hot water would put too much moisture in the coop which could create frostbite.  I believe I have read this many times in this forum.

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Boxer, Sadie, my beautiful granddogger, Shephard/Husky, Pauz, granddog, and 4 RIRs, Frenchi, Henrietta, Souffle and Noodles (DOB 6/14/2010).  Oh and one DS.

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post #7 of 9

I use heat lamps but wire them to the rafters so there is no way they can fall into the bedding. This year I am gonna use a heater to keep it just above freezing. I also use a heated dog bowl for their waterer in the winter.

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Seramas, Cochins, EE's, 1 Japanese hen, few frizzles & Too many roosters and a ton of babies cruising the yard. Home of the ninja squirrel.
I am Rachel but you can call me the ccl (crazy chicken lady)
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Originally Posted by Tdub4chiks 

IMO, hot water would put too much moisture in the coop which could create frostbite.  I believe I have read this many times in this forum.


I believe the water was in capped jugs, just using the containers filled with hot water to radiate heat during the night, not releasing humidity into the environment.

2 papillons, 1 giant pomeranian, 1 cat... 
2011 Flock = out of the egg business for now, just 1silkie, 1 JG, 1 OEGB, and 1 RSL
Be the change you want to see in the world...Ghandi
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2 papillons, 1 giant pomeranian, 1 cat... 
2011 Flock = out of the egg business for now, just 1silkie, 1 JG, 1 OEGB, and 1 RSL
Be the change you want to see in the world...Ghandi
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post #9 of 9

I bought a heated dog bowl for the chickens and a heated horse waterer for the goose and ducks. works great

Living in the Beautiful Mountains of Western N.C.. with 17 chickens= EE's, Game, Cochin bantams,Light Brahma,  Black Australorps . 13Muscovy ducks, 1 Embden Gander,2 Toulouse geese 1 American Buff, 3 mini Dachshunds, 1 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..

 

http://www.godvine.com/In-Christ-Alone-a-Very-Powerful-Worship-Video-792.html

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Living in the Beautiful Mountains of Western N.C.. with 17 chickens= EE's, Game, Cochin bantams,Light Brahma,  Black Australorps . 13Muscovy ducks, 1 Embden Gander,2 Toulouse geese 1 American Buff, 3 mini Dachshunds, 1 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..

 

http://www.godvine.com/In-Christ-Alone-a-Very-Powerful-Worship-Video-792.html

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