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How do you keep Water from freezing

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We don't have electricity at the chicken coop.  How do you keep the water from freezing in the winter?  Also want to know your ideas for insulating the chicken coop/run against the rain/ice/snow in the winter?

post #2 of 22

I just change the water 3-4 times a day. idunno
and I make sure its Hot

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Deuteronomy 32:11
He is like an eagle that stirs up its nest. It hovers over it little ones. It spreads out it wings to catch them on its feathers.

 

 

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post #3 of 22
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Originally Posted by GoldenSparrow 

I just change the water 3-4 times a day. idunno
and I make sure its Hot


Don't use Hot Water, one it is not good for your birds and two it will freeze faster than cold water.

Chris


Edited by Chris09 - 12/3/11 at 7:03am

 

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post #4 of 22

I read a blog about a women boiling a rock and putting the hot rock in her water dishes...i plan to use an aquarium heater. Hope this helps!

8 Barred rocks + 3 Australorps + 4 Rhode Island Reds + 1 Welsummer rooster + 1 Rhode island red / Gold laced waydanotte Rooster + 3 stuffed rainbow trouts = 3 chickens and 2 Roosters, which are not chickens and 3 trout's oh my gosh! I still got room in the coop! I love chicken math!

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8 Barred rocks + 3 Australorps + 4 Rhode Island Reds + 1 Welsummer rooster + 1 Rhode island red / Gold laced waydanotte Rooster + 3 stuffed rainbow trouts = 3 chickens and 2 Roosters, which are not chickens and 3 trout's oh my gosh! I still got room in the coop! I love chicken math!

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post #5 of 22

In Winter I change water twice...once at 7:30am and again at 4:00pm. I use small 2gal buckets. Simple, free, easy.

My "farm" includes 1 Border Collie, 9 heritage breed hens, 1 Barred Rock rooster, 4 Dark Cornish, and 3 Pilgrim Geese. I'm blessed by a loving Lord with 3 great children and a beautiful wife--who is my greatest friend and love, next to Christ.

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My "farm" includes 1 Border Collie, 9 heritage breed hens, 1 Barred Rock rooster, 4 Dark Cornish, and 3 Pilgrim Geese. I'm blessed by a loving Lord with 3 great children and a beautiful wife--who is my greatest friend and love, next to Christ.

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post #6 of 22

i will just take water to them when i leave to go to work in the a.m. and check on it when i come home...but they free range so they have access to the pond just like the ducks..they go to the edge and drink..lol...

post #7 of 22

If you use the rubber Fortrel buckets or pans you can stomp them to get the ice out without the pan breaking. That's what I used before I got electricity.  Now I use the cookie tin heaters...what a fantastic thread that is!  T

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Calling all Wisconsinites....come and enjoy the days of summer with us on the "Cheesehead" thread!  http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=245700

Join us at our yearly Bash! http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/851229/fifth-annual-wicheeseheads-bash


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post #8 of 22

I used the rubber tubs also.   They won't break and will absorb the sun's heat and melt faster.  I always empty them out at night and refill them in the morning.  I also check them and knock out the ice often.  When I had electricity in the barns I used a heated water base used for pet water bowels.

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Southwest Arkansas here. We show - Crele OEGB.  Silver Sebrights.

 

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post #9 of 22

Olive oil  helps some, it will still freeze but the layer is thinner. I also use black tubs as well. I was once told vinegar but I use that anyway with all my chickens to pevent sour crop. smile

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post #10 of 22

I also use the black rubber tubs in winter. Stomp the ice out in the morning and refill.

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