1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

Automatic water lines freezing

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by sbrandewie, Jan 6, 2016.

  1. sbrandewie

    sbrandewie New Egg

    6
    0
    7
    Jan 6, 2016
    Hi everyone. This is my first post, so forgive me if I forget to include some information.
    My husband and I have recently replaced our rabbits' water bottles with an automatic watering system with 5 gallon buckets and flex tubing. It has saved us a lot of time and frustration from constant refilling and leaky bottles. However, we are now facing freezing temperatures and having problems with keeping the water lines from freezing. We purchased submersible bucket water heaters and that has kept the bucket water from freezing, but not the lines. What would you suggest we use? Thanks for any input. Here are a couple of pictures of the system.

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

    21,479
    2,429
    458
    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    The only way you can do it is to use a pump to circulate the warm water through the lines. There isn't enough movement to keep the water in the tubes from freezing.
     
  3. Tumbling K

    Tumbling K Overrun With Chickens

    10,573
    1,553
    338
    Oct 5, 2015
    Texas
    they make an electric tracing, you could put on the lines. I've used it before on a water hose supplying water to an RV, when I was working for an extended time from home.

    after you get the tracing on, use some of the cheap foam pipe insulation. this worked for me, when temps got down to single digits, and stayed there for three days, stayed below freezing temps for ten days.

    http://www.homedepot.com/p/Frost-King-30-ft-Automatic-Electric-Heat-Cable-Kit-HC30A/100196471
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by