First Winter with ducks, freezing water

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by libellula, Dec 5, 2013.

  1. libellula

    libellula Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 5, 2013
    I've read a bunch of threads here, but maybe I am not understanding. I would like to simply get a heated water bowl f or my ducks so their water doesn't freeze, this seems a popular option. However the only ones I can find are 1.Shallow dog dishes which the ducks well just splash the water out of. Or 2. Horse buckets which are too tall/deep for them to reach. Is there something else I just haven't found?

    I have 2 8month old peekin ducks. I also live in the mountains of northern utah, we get down to single digits.
  2. ducksinarow

    ducksinarow Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2011
    You are right that is what is available. Some people also use a stock tank heater or bird bath heating element.
  3. cluckcluckgirl

    cluckcluckgirl Queen of the Coop Premium Member

    Jun 16, 2012
    Tending to my chickens
    We cut a big 50 gallon barrel in half lengthwise, dug a little pit for it, and we can fill it with water and put a stock tank heater in there in the winter. We change the water every few days, as they don't seem to get much in it. We can just refill it as needed, for my flock of 13 chickens and 1 duck. You probably won't need a 50 gallon barrel, but that was just our method.[​IMG]
  4. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

    May 24, 2011
    On, Canada
    Dog bowls would be a pain for ducks, they'd drain it way to quick. I have buckets, they are small... not the big 5GAL those are too big...

    like this..


    As well i heat a 50GAL trough, i will be as soon as i am able adding a floater heater to my calls 40GAL as they adore swimming in the most frigid temps.
  5. veronicasmom

    veronicasmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 31, 2009
    We use a large heated dog bowl for 9 ducks for the overnight. There is a rock in the middle and they don't get in it. We set it in a large flat rubber feed pan. It is never empty in the morning, normally at least 2" left each am.
    They have several different size drinking and bathing bowls outside during the day and of course their kiddie pool. Works well for us. We just add hot water a few times a day to the outside bowls and they always have unfrozen water. We are in Maine and it gets COLD, but this seems to do fine for our flock.
  6. HollyDuckFarmer

    HollyDuckFarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2012
    LP Michigan
    Agree with GQ. The 5 gal bucket I use here does seem like it results in a lot of waste.
  7. arnaudgf

    arnaudgf Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 25, 2013
  8. libellula

    libellula Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 5, 2013
    Problem I am finding is the male duck is significantly smaller than the female. He can't reach into anything over maybe 1.5ft tall, especially if it gets low. Is it alright to half bury those heated 2 or 3 gallon buckets in the ground? W ill they still heat and be alright in rain/snow? Sorry im so unfamiliar, I didn't really prepare lol. I appreciate the suggestions
  9. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    There are dog bowls that are heated the same as the buckets, TSC carries them and they would be short enough for your duck to use for drinking. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2013
  10. shannondee12

    shannondee12 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2013
    Left Hand, WV
    I thought the purpose of the heated dog bowl was to set the water bucket into to keep it from freezing, not actually put the water into it. At least that is how it was explained to me but I could have gotten it wrong. lol

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