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I am a local truck driver and put out feed and water by five A.M and I am usually home after 6 P.M. I have some 13 week old pullets wintering in my brooder tractor. I am using a cat pad heated for six minutes placed on a solid concrete block with a quart water on it to keep the water liquid. The other morning it was 12° plus the wind chill and the high was 26/28. The water even on that day was not frozen it only had a very thin (just touch with finger to break) layer of ice when I got home at 9 P.M. the water sits in the run under the raise coop of this tractor. I will see how cold it works to as winter goes on, but for now it works and beats an extension cord and heated bowl.
Edited by daxigait - 1/23/16 at 10:03pm
post #92 of 96
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Originally Posted by RonP View Post
 

 

There are much safer ways to keep your water liquid during cold spells!!

 

Heat lamps are a documented cause of coop fires.

 

Heat lamp fire!

Another heat lamp fire!

Yet another issue, and fires!

 

 


I can attest to heat lamps and fires!  I lost all my birds, my chicken house and shed due to faulty wiring on a NEW heat lamp last year.  We had to start all over!  I refuse to use ANY electricity out w/ my girls now.  I am fortunate that I stay home and I can bring them water throughout the day.  Watch out people for that electricity!

post #93 of 96

I simply use a $15 submersible 50 Watt aquarium heater from Walmart.  Works great.

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Originally Posted by n2omike View Post
 

I simply use a $15 submersible 50 Watt aquarium heater from Walmart.  Works great.

What are your winter temps????  What is your latitude, or your growing zone?

Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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post #95 of 96
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Originally Posted by lazy gardener View Post
 

What are your winter temps????  What is your latitude, or your growing zone?

Central WV.  Sometimes gets to around 0F.  

Depending upon the amount of water and temperature, a 50W heater works really well.  In a 1 gallon ice cream bucket, they will keep the water fairly warm down to significantly cold temperatures.  I've never had the water freeze.

 

If you are in an extremely cold climate, an insulated container/cooler could be used with the heater, and there's no way the water would freeze.  Would probably stay around 70 degrees.  lol

 

If you use a BIG non-insulated bucket/waterer, the temperature is too cold, and one heater isn't cutting it...  you can always add a second one.  :) 

 

50 Watts submerged directly into the water is quite a bit of heat.  It's a MUCH more efficient method of transferring 50W of heat to the water, than simply shining a light bulb on it...  as not all the heat from the light bulb gets transferred to the water.

 

Good Luck!


Edited by n2omike - 11/16/16 at 12:03pm
post #96 of 96
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Originally Posted by dthompson View Post
 


I can attest to heat lamps and fires!  I lost all my birds, my chicken house and shed due to faulty wiring on a NEW heat lamp last year.  We had to start all over!  I refuse to use ANY electricity out w/ my girls now.  I am fortunate that I stay home and I can bring them water throughout the day.  Watch out people for that electricity!


Actually it's not the electricity that is the problem, it's how people use electricity.

IMHO

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