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So this is our first winter with ducks. And now that it will be 10 degrees for the next several days i got the heated pet bowl i heard so much about. I put the board and brick on top to keep the ducks from swimming it.  Questions: Anyone keep this plugged in all night?  If you do, does it melt easily in the morning by the morning? I was thinking just unplug at night, then put new warm water in the morning - hoping combination of warm water and heat will melt any left over ice.   THOUGHTS???

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So this is our first winter with ducks. And now that it will be 10 degrees for the next several days i got the heated pet bowl i heard so much about. I put the board and brick on top to keep the ducks from swimming it.  Questions: Anyone keep this plugged in all night?  If you do, does it melt easily in the morning by the morning? I was thinking just unplug at night, then put new warm water in the morning - hoping combination of warm water and heat will melt any left over ice.   THOUGHTS???

I just leave mine plugged in over night.

 Western N.C ~ 19 chickens= EE's, Game, variety of bantams,1Light Brahma, 2 Black Australorps . 5 Muscovy ducks, 6 Indian Runners and 2 Buff Orpington Ducks, 1 Embden gander,1 Toulouse goose , 3 mini Dachshunds, 2 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..

 

~The Joy of the Lord is my Strength.~

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 Western N.C ~ 19 chickens= EE's, Game, variety of bantams,1Light Brahma, 2 Black Australorps . 5 Muscovy ducks, 6 Indian Runners and 2 Buff Orpington Ducks, 1 Embden gander,1 Toulouse goose , 3 mini Dachshunds, 2 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..

 

~The Joy of the Lord is my Strength.~

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post #73 of 75
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So this is our first winter with ducks. And now that it will be 10 degrees for the next several days i got the heated pet bowl i heard so much about. I put the board and brick on top to keep the ducks from swimming it.  Questions: Anyone keep this plugged in all night?  If you do, does it melt easily in the morning by the morning? I was thinking just unplug at night, then put new warm water in the morning - hoping combination of warm water and heat will melt any left over ice.   THOUGHTS???

I also use a heated water dog bowl. They come with a automatic thermal control. I levave mine on 24/7. I like this size so the ducks can dip their head in to wash their face. I also have a heated pail that I have used but it is harder for the ducks to get their heads in to wash and drink, It is a little high. I was keeping a board on half of the pet water but took it off because the ducks could not get their heads in far enough to wash their eyes. With 6 ducks, most of it is used to wash. I refill several times a day and add a little apple cider vinegar.

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Thank you so much for simplifying this water issue.  I live in the upper peninsula of Michigan and we have pretty intense winter conditions.  I do not have the ability to keep larger volumes of pool water available and kept clean throughout the winter.  I did not consider that the frequency of their agitating the water would be sufficient to keep it from freezing.  I have 5 ducklings arriving in March and although this will not become an issue until next winter I want to know now what I will need to implement then.  Can I ask what size bucket you recommend for daily use?  Now if only I could get them to follow me the block and a half to the lake they would have a great pool experience there!

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Where did you get your heated pet bowl???

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