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post #11 of 70

I figure 560 watts of energy given off from my flock should be enough heat to keep their water from freezing.

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Originally Posted by JPHorvath 

I figure 560 watts of energy given off from my flock should be enough heat to keep their water from freezing.


Funny! But so true!


I've been researching for solutions too --so thanks OP for starting this thread.

I bought a 5 gal water cooler jug (Walmart) for $7 and plan to up end it into  a 5 gal pail (free) with holes cut for access. If I make 2, I can swap these am and pm. No electricity in coop except for the light on a timer, powered via extension cord.

Still all theory; will need a test run.

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post #13 of 70

Hah!

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I just got this mental image of my proposed flock of 6 laying hens and one pet silkie scurrying around their water dish like dancing honeybees vibrating their wings at the ice dish trying to make it melt....


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post #14 of 70

We bought a heated dog bowl for the dog 2 winters ago and it only lasted through one season. I think I'll use the empty bowl for a flock block this winter, if it'll fit in there.

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post #15 of 70
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Originally Posted by gale65 

I was planning to make a cookie tin water heater (do a search here) but dh thinks our 3 gallon waterer (which I only fill to 2.5 gallon or probably 2 in the winter) will collapse it. So I'm thinking about one with a cinder block or something. I am going to make one for the dog's water though.


That is what we used all last year inside the coop, w/ extension cords (hopefully soon to be wired since my husband is an electrician!!!!) but I seem to be close to the last on his list   smack  When I read your post I went and got 2 cookie tins one the size of a salad plate the other a dinner plate and stood on each of them they were completely fine and I assure you I weigh at least twice as much as 3 gallons of water  lau

Oh and we have the extension cord plugged into a gfi outlet.

Outside water is still fresh warm water delivered in the morning by one of us.

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post #16 of 70

I'm in Colorado, too. I use a three gal bucket with nipples and a fish tank heater.

post #17 of 70

I have the same question about keeping waterers from freezing.  But, I do not have a means by which to run electricity to the coop.  Does anyone have any creative ideas for this type of situation?

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post #18 of 70

Haul fresh water out twice a day.


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post #19 of 70

I have a heated waterer and let me tell you they are a huge pain in the butt to fill or at least mine is.

I am constantly spilling water all over my feet trying to turn it upright after filling. I have been using it lately as it holds more water. Today after I had it filled with fresh water, I turn it right side up and the bottom comes loose and water is spilled all over my feet. Imagine that in bone chilling temps? There has got to be a better way!

post #20 of 70

The heated plastic 3 gallon waterers are a huge pain to fill but work all too well for me to give it up. Well, they're easy to fill through the rubber grommet but many times the bottom comes off and you practically need two people to lock it back on. Any local farm supply would have one and they cost the same as the metal waterer- $40. I attached cord (small rope) to handle so it hangs level, our run is movable and not always left level. Last winter with temps -10 to -20 F it only had a thin partial ice layer I had to skim/chip out. Uses 100 watts when on, auto shut off when water temp hits 35 F. Worked well and this years model has deeper dish for less spilling when turning over.

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