BEST waterer for COLD Ontario Canada winters

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by LilyBird, Dec 1, 2015.

  1. LilyBird

    LilyBird Out Of The Brooder

    May 20, 2015
    Ontario Canada
    Right now I have a hardware store bucket with vertical poultry nipples on the bottom and a bucket deicer in the bottom of the bucket. Its keeping the water from freezing, but my birds are soaking themselves! My Silkie looked like a drown rat this afternoon.
    So, I need something that is going to do the following for us:
    - MUST withstand the cold temps (-40C)
    - Water needs to be clean (I like that nothing can get into my current set up)
    - Needs to be large (I have 9 birds and the water needs to be enough to last a few days at a time)
    - Needs to work for both bantam and large breed

    What is the best set up that will work for us??? All I keep hearing is a heated dog bowl, but I can see that getting filthy and needing to be washed and filled multiple times a day (which we don't have time for).
  2. wamtazlady

    wamtazlady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2013
    Kalispell MT
    I'm using a 10 or 15 gallon tote with lid from Walmart, horizontal nipples from ebay, and a 250 watt stock tank heater that is good to use in plastic. The heater comes on at 35F and off at 45F. Coldest it has gotten is 5 F which is -15 C, but so far it hasn't frozen up at all. The house sitter doesn't need to fill it very often, only ever 2 weeks. It's easy to see when it needs filled as the tote is semi transparent. The expensive part was the stock tank heater at about $50 which I bought at the local feed store. It's well worth it to me as I needed to make it as easy as possible for the house sitter to take care of my girls. If I were home in the winter I might have gone with a cheaper set up.
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  3. Justso

    Justso Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 30, 2015
    Chicagoland DuPage Co
    I've also heard good things about the horizontal nipples [​IMG] , you could continue to use your deicer.
  4. lauren212

    lauren212 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 15, 2016
    I'm in Sudbury Ontario and have same cold winters. I haven't figured out what I'm going to use, but I want a large enough reservoir that won't freeze.

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