First Ice on the waterer

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by MVchickens, Oct 31, 2011.

  1. MVchickens

    MVchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 8, 2010
    Martha's Vineyard MA
    Good thing the heated base is scheduled for delivery today.
  2. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 28, 2011
    Nice. Our waterer has been frozen a few times. I've been taking a knife to chip away the ice. I need to bring the waterer inside the coop. I need a plastic tray first, so I don't have wet and moldy wood chips.

    Once our ice freezes in the coop, we will bring in the radiator heater and keep the heater at the lowest setting, so the water doesn't freeze.
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2011
  3. TN_BIRD

    TN_BIRD Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 15, 2011
    Quote:I hear that some folks will put sports balls (tennis, etc) in their waterers so the chickens can break the ice. Read something about horse folks using basketballs.
  4. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady

    Apr 22, 2008
    upstate SC
    Yes, yesterday was our first frost and all the buckets and pools had ice on them. I guess that means we are off and running for cold weather.
    I wish I could use heated bases for mine but I have too many tractors and pens so on the cold nights I just put a board over them or turn them upside down as I go through and close pop doors and coop doors. The pools get left but deer will usually keep a hole nosed out of one in the barn yard. The ducks can break through the others.

    I hated the summer heat but I grumble some about the winter, too. Oh well, spring and fall are really nice! I guess we can enjoy the days that are good.[​IMG]

    Enjoy the heated base. It will help a lot this winter!

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