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Thank you all for the posts.  Watering the flock is a project, especially in winter.  Great ideas, I need to rethink the whole process.  The galvanized waterer is loosing heat, the tin heater is loosing heat, I keep the water right outside the coop.  Man, I did not think I would need to rethink so much.  One thing at a time.  Thanks for the great ideas.

post #22 of 28

Here is my water heater;

I created a box at the height and size to hold a "plant light" then removed the hanging part. It stands on its end which is sturdy. I then covered the top with metal flashing and cut out a small piece of non-skid material to stand it on. The light bulb I have in it is a 25 watt and works great.


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I own a Rock Group; 2 Barred Rocks and 2 Buff Rocks (now sadly only 1 Buff Rock, my sweet Angelika died on Memorial day) .
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I own a Rock Group; 2 Barred Rocks and 2 Buff Rocks (now sadly only 1 Buff Rock, my sweet Angelika died on Memorial day) .
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post #23 of 28

so much work for something so simple i just dont get it:idunno   i use a 5 gal bucket with 3 water nipples in it (www.qcsupply.com)  and a bucket deicer  (  http://cgi.ebay.com/PATIO-POND-DE-ICER-SUB-ALUM-/300488988685?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item45f68a180d  ) plugged in to the garage

no mess, easy to fill, no fire hazzards, no poopy water, and super easy

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Originally Posted by Tofer76 

so much work for something so simple i just dont get it:idunno   i use a 5 gal bucket with 3 water nipples in it (www.qcsupply.com)  and a bucket deicer  (  http://cgi.ebay.com/PATIO-POND-DE-ICER-SUB-ALUM-/300488988685?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item45f68a180d  ) plugged in to the garage

no mess, easy to fill, no fire hazzards, no poopy water, and super easy


I used items I had on hand - so it cost me nothing.

The pond de-icer costs $47.00.

I own a Rock Group; 2 Barred Rocks and 2 Buff Rocks (now sadly only 1 Buff Rock, my sweet Angelika died on Memorial day) .
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I own a Rock Group; 2 Barred Rocks and 2 Buff Rocks (now sadly only 1 Buff Rock, my sweet Angelika died on Memorial day) .
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post #25 of 28
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Originally Posted by chuckzoo 
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Originally Posted by Tofer76 

so much work for something so simple i just dont get it:idunno   i use a 5 gal bucket with 3 water nipples in it (www.qcsupply.com)  and a bucket deicer  (  http://cgi.ebay.com/PATIO-POND-DE-ICER-SUB-ALUM-/300488988685?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item45f68a180d  ) plugged in to the garage

no mess, easy to fill, no fire hazzards, no poopy water, and super easy


I used items I had on hand - so it cost me nothing.

The pond de-icer costs $47.00.


YEA THE PRICE IS AN ISSUE FOR ME TOO

What came first, The Chicken or The Egg?

New mom to 16 chickens, GG the weim, Chloe the kitty, 2 hampsters & some fish.
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What came first, The Chicken or The Egg?

New mom to 16 chickens, GG the weim, Chloe the kitty, 2 hampsters & some fish.
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post #26 of 28

I had DH make one of the cookie tin water heaters a couple weeks ago. Tried it with a 40 watt bulb and it was not enough to keep water thawed at 20 degrees. Upped it to a 60 watt rough service bulb and at -10 this morning water was still flowing! I have it sitting on a 18"x18"x1" cement patio block and it works great. I also have a popcorn tin that is approximately a 3 gallon size hung upside down with another 60 watt rough service bulb which I use for light and heat as needed. Last night at feeding time my birds were nice and cozy warm. I really need to get a thermometer in there to see just how much difference there is from teh outside temperatures.

8 assorted heritage turkeys, 6 bantam mutt chickens, 7 Brahma chickens, 6 Golden Comet pullets, and 67 Cornish X meat birds plus 11 assorted rabbits, Flemish Giant, New Zealands and some mutts
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8 assorted heritage turkeys, 6 bantam mutt chickens, 7 Brahma chickens, 6 Golden Comet pullets, and 67 Cornish X meat birds plus 11 assorted rabbits, Flemish Giant, New Zealands and some mutts
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post #27 of 28

I got one of those wireless themometers and put the sensor in the coop. It is great the know the temp - gives me peace of mind. I got mine from Lowes for ~ $13.

I own a Rock Group; 2 Barred Rocks and 2 Buff Rocks (now sadly only 1 Buff Rock, my sweet Angelika died on Memorial day) .
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I own a Rock Group; 2 Barred Rocks and 2 Buff Rocks (now sadly only 1 Buff Rock, my sweet Angelika died on Memorial day) .
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post #28 of 28

Tractor Supply typically has de-icers for 20 bucks and they are worth it in my opinion. I don't have to huff 5 gallon bucks of water to the ducks and chickens and I don't have to worry about fire hazards.

I'm a college student working on a second degree (French Secondary Ed) that's married to a great wife.  We have ducks, a red star hen, 26 Freedom Rangers, 3 ducks and 5 pygmy goats!  There is always something interesting going on!
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I'm a college student working on a second degree (French Secondary Ed) that's married to a great wife.  We have ducks, a red star hen, 26 Freedom Rangers, 3 ducks and 5 pygmy goats!  There is always something interesting going on!
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