If you don't have these and really can't afford them and you don't have electric in your coop anyway, then WHAT??? I was thinking of just keeping a few extra buckets out and when one freezes, I would just bring it in to the house and set another out, the problem there is I still have to purchase the items to MAKE the waterers, but I know it is a bit cheaper than those that are sold like at TS or other farm stores. Also what about heat in the coop? Will we need it??? We only have 6 birds and the roo is going to leave ONE WAY OR ANOTHER and our coop is approximately 4' x 6'. I will be putting a tarp over the clean out door and the egg compartment door just to keep out any major drafts. We will also start closing the front door again, the way we did when they first started getting use to coop. We will most likely put plastic sheeting on the outside of the run to keep down any drafts as well, but NOT the whole run. We live in VA, so the winters are too bad, but since we had such a hot summer, who knows. I was hoping to get a few more pullets after ridding the rooster, but I don't know if I will and where we would put them for a few weeks for the others to get use to them and for like a quarenteen (sp?) time. What do you think about any of this? Do you have other suggestions???