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Local rancher mentioned it as what they did for assorted dogs, cats, other animals at their place. I like it, so stole the idea. As long as the thing has a warm setting that works, it's an easy one. Yard sales, 2nd hand stores, assorted sales, more readily available than heated pet waterers, and cheaper, too. I got 2 brand new for the same price as a low end heated pet water dish.
You are frugal with your freezing, aren’t you? :D
 

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You are frugal with your freezing, aren’t you? :D
When it hits 35 below F for a week EVERY winter, you plan accordingly. The week bounces around and the snow depth fluctuates too. Then there's the 40 degree daily temp swings (some days less, some more). 20F at dawn will freeze the water every time. If it gets up to 32, the water can thaw, but when everyone is away from home during the day, making sure the critters have a drink takes priority. Even the local skunk comes for water here (although the creek isn't that far off).
 
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When it hits 35 below F for a week EVERY winter, you plan accordingly. The week bounces around and the snow depth fluctuates too. Then there's the 40 degree daily temp swings (some days less, some more). 20F at dawn will freeze the water every time. If it gets up to 32, the water can thaw, but when everyone is away from home during the day, making sure the critters have a drink takes priority. Even the local skunk comes for water here (although the creek isn't that far off).
And I moved from DC because I like the California weather (and chickens) better!
 

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My waterer in the coop is a flat-backed rubber bucket with nipples added to it. I'm using a round rubber dish for a lid (wedged into the top) so it can't vacuum seal. The cord goes to the lamp which is aimed at the bucket. Testing this out this winter.
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I can state that a lamp aimed at a rubber dish does NOT keep it from freezing AND they can kick all sorts of stuff into the dish/flip the dish. Those dishes have been relegated to catch at the bottom of the downspouts/under the water spigots around the yard.
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I've also got a couple of crockpots set to warm around to keep open water in deep winter (they mostly don't use them unless the downspout tubs are frozen).
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This one needs refilling.
Does the warming light keep the chickens up at night, or is it not in a place where they roost?
 
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“I don’t care what daddy wants, I ain’t wearing no stupid cape! “ signed, Jaffar! 9552EA54-7ED9-4329-A4B5-E586EF4D958F.jpeg
 

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