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Freezing Water

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Randy17, Jul 10, 2007.

  1. Randy17

    Randy17 In the Brooder

    Jul 4, 2007
    Oil City, Pa
    Hello , I am new to this forum and raising chickens. I have a post on coop and run page and question I have is does anyone use a electric heated base for the watering can in the winter. It gets cold here in the winter and I am not sure how to keep my hens in fresh water?

  2. Country Gal

    Country Gal Songster

    Feb 2, 2007
    Capac, MI
    One of my friends uses the heated watering dish last winter, said it worked pretty well. I think he used a heated dog dish from TSC.

    This upcoming winter will be my first with my chickens - I'm going to wait and see if the combination of insulation in the coop walls and a heat lamp will do the trick to keep the water from freezing, otherwise I will also probably switch to the heated water bowl.
  3. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Crowing

    May 8, 2007
    We have the metal heated base, that looks like an upside down metal dish, for a metal waterer. It works great. We put it up on concrete blocks.
  4. FamilyOfChickens

    FamilyOfChickens Songster

    Mar 24, 2007
    Northwest Indiana
    We use the regular waterer, but have a heat lamp over it. Keeps the chickens and the water unfrozen. [​IMG]
  5. Picco

    Picco Songster

    Mar 14, 2007
    I have a water heater unit I bought from strombergs. Its a galvanized box with a light bulb in it. I set a one gallon metal waterer on top and the water doesn't freeze in sub-zero temperatures. The whole thing costs $50 but I think its well worth it.
  6. schmoo

    schmoo Songster

    May 7, 2007
    West MI.
    Hey Picco - I read a post on here before from someone who strung a light bulb through a cyder(sp?) block under a metal waterer to keep the water open- do you think that would work? It sounds kind of like what you described. If I spend $50 more dollars on the chickens my husband might make me live in the coop with them [​IMG]
  7. Standard Hen

    Standard Hen Songster

    May 17, 2007
    I used the heated dog water bowls and they worked well. Sure beat banging out ice and trying to keep up with that as I am at work all day. I got them off e-bay but someone told me that Wal-Mart had the exact same kind.
  8. Wolfpacker

    Wolfpacker Songster

    Jul 7, 2007
    Wow - You must be desparate! It's 100 degree here today and the LAST thing I have on my mind is frozen water. But it does sound nice![​IMG]
  9. Picco

    Picco Songster

    Mar 14, 2007
    The block would wor but make sure you seal the lightbulb in it so you don't burn the coop down!
  10. AK-Bird-brain

    AK-Bird-brain I gots Duckies!

    May 7, 2007
    Sterling, Alaska
    We used the heated base for a while but it only keeps the water from freezing. we switched to a heat lamp near the waterer it keeps our water from freezing and gives off heat for the rest of the coop.

    Its never too early to start thinking about winter. Up here we have 3 seasons we have early winter, late winter, and next winter.

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