Freezing Water!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Okla-doodle-doo, Feb 4, 2009.

  1. Okla-doodle-doo

    Okla-doodle-doo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I had to go out three times today and give all the birdies a drink of water. Temps never got out of the 20's and will dip into single digits tonite. Have lots of baby pigeons and have to keep water out so the parents can feed them. The chickens are laying so they always want a drink to. Sure be glad when its springtime!
     
  2. brooster

    brooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    well its 0 degrees now you are not doing to bad.
     
  3. kryptoniteqhs

    kryptoniteqhs Rosecomb Rich

    Nov 14, 2008
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    o boy!! dont even get me started on the cold!! i do my best to hibernate and stay that way till it gets in the 60s....brrr its depressing when its cold and you have all this stuff that you need to get done and cant! or wont! lol
     
  4. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    there have been some really great posts about making water heaters out of old cake tins and such, maybe that would make life a little easier [​IMG] I made one after reading the posts even the water in my garage coop was freezing. [​IMG] I can not wait until this winter is over!
     
  5. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

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    It's been that way for 2 months.... [​IMG] I spend 3months out of the year plus random weeks before and after chipping ice and hauling water. That's with heated water containers. Try keeping a herd of horses waterered when the power goes out. [​IMG] About 5gallons per horse per day. I was in the doctor for knee trouble the following week. I'm glad I only have to haul water to birds this year. A couple gallons and they are set.
     
  6. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    An electric dog bowl with a guard on the cord is a terrific investment. Farm Innovators, 1.5 gallon. Kept our water at 50F during prolonged cold spell. Set at the height of their backs on cinder blocks/patio stone, etc.

    To refill, tip leftover into a catch bucket, wipe with a clean cloth and pour new water in from a jug.

    WalMart, pet stores, co-ops, TSC, ag supply stores carry them.

    Remember to remove the label or the chickens will! [​IMG]

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    Last edited: Feb 5, 2009
  7. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    I use a black rubber bowl for my ducks. I fill it with warm water and it keeps the heat in very well. If I fill it in the morning it doesn't freeze until the afternoon. My chicken's waterer freezes in a couple hours. [​IMG]
     
  8. Gloria

    Gloria Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Yes, the black rubber bowl works great for me! I have it so the ducks can't get in it, so the chickens can share it too. I just dump some hot water on it in the morning and wait a few minutes. Dump the water and the ice pops out. Or just turn it over and give it a good stomp with my boot. It plops right out!
     
  9. illinichick

    illinichick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You have to be careful with the open bowls. The chickens wattles will get wet and freeze if the weather is really cold. That's the purpose of the trough around the actual waterers, the chickens can't get their wattles down in the water.
     
  10. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    Quote:you know I had been wondering about that I figured it was to keep the litter out of the water. Thanks for the info [​IMG]
     

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