Easy solution to keeping water from freezing

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Wise Woman, Jan 14, 2013.

  1. Wise Woman

    Wise Woman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2011
    The Enchanted Forest
    I don't remember where I read this tip, but someone suggested using an old crockpot for a chicken waterer, as it keeps the water warm and unfrozen. After several nights of temps in the low teens and frozen chicken water, I remembered I had an a crock pot in my soap room that I never used because it doesn't have a removable crock and got it out. I filled it with hot water, set it on low and put it in the coop.

    It works great! It not only keeps the water from freezing, but keeps it warm as well. I notice my chickens don't drink much in the winter and I think it is because the water is so cold. They gobbled this warm water up! It is much easier for me to fill as well. I put it up on a metal tin I was going to make a heater out of, but the crock pot works so well that I don't know that I will bother doing that. It is great. No more cleaning out frozen chicken waterers and filling and toting them back and forth from the house. The crock put wipes up quickly and easily and is easy for me to fill and carry. Just thought I'd pass this along.
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  2. rollkeeg877

    rollkeeg877 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 4, 2012
    london ontario
    never knew that
  3. 3forfree

    3forfree Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2010
    essexville, michigan
    I was using a 1 gallon glass jar that I drilled a hole in and put into an oil pan, this worked for a long time until one day I went to feed the girls and the jar was empty and the pan was overfilled, and water was all over the coops pine shavings. I took the glass jar out and just left the oil pan sitting on the cookie tin heater I was using, and the girls are still using it today.

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