Frozen water bowls?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by paganfish, Nov 15, 2007.

  1. paganfish

    paganfish Songster

    Sep 15, 2007
    Fleming, Colorado

    OK, so last Winter I had a heck of a time trying to thaw the frozen over water from the night before to reuse for that day. I had to bring a set of waterers inside then replenish the frozen ones with them next morning...however, they'd still freeze by mid day - again.


    It's not that cold here, YET. It will get *that* cold soon though. What do you all do in such situations. (I mean all us folks in bitter cold climates. LOL!) I have two electric dog water bowls that keep water from freezing. I thought of putting both waterers in the bowl to keep them from freezing? It seems to be the ONLY viable solution.

    What do you guys/gals do? [​IMG]

    Pedro ~:-v

    PS The people here think I am a kook because I thank my chickens for their eggs. I literally THANK them..and folks laugh at me. Do you thank your chickens? Just curious...I know I am NOT the only ONE!
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  2. nccountrygirl

    nccountrygirl Songster

    Jul 31, 2007
    Sanford N.C.
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  3. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
    I have a heated base - and my waterer is a metal one, I have my waterer on the base now - thank goodness, I had an inch of ice on the horse bucket this morning.

    And yes, I always say thank you to my girls for the eggs - I also ask them WHERE the eggs are, when there are none (I only have two girls laying right now)
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    I have a rubber bowel I just bend and pop out ice cubes from. It only freezes ocasionaly here, and with alot of deep litter... I just put in on the ground too and that help. Good old heating decay.
  5. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    I use two heated dog water bowls for 24 chickens....never have had a problem...both I think I paid less then 20.00 ea. TSC

    I thank my chickens for their eggs and when I closed them up at night in the henhouse I tell them good night and see them in the morning [​IMG]
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  6. paganfish

    paganfish Songster

    Sep 15, 2007
    Fleming, Colorado
    Quote:ME TOO! LOL! I tell them "good nite ladies...and gentlemen! sleep well, stay warm (if it's a hot night--cool) and see you in the morning." How funny!
  7. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

    Jul 5, 2007
    Sevier County, TN
    Quote:Haven't had to deal with frozen water yet, trying to decide what we WILL do because they drink from rabbit water bottles...

    We don't thank the peeps, but we do congratulate them and tell them what great girls they are. Since we have so few, it's pretty easy to see who's producing and who's being a slacker...
  8. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
    I always tell my girls how clever and brilliant they are whenever I find an egg in the nestbox. And at night, I bid them "sweet chicken dreams".

    I haven't encountered freezing weather yet, but I'm hoping the insulation and hot hen breath will keep the water from freezing in the coop.
  9. lady chicken whisperer

    lady chicken whisperer Songster

    Aug 8, 2007
    we have heated water bases, they say you should u metal waterers when u use them but i only have one metal one, the rest are plastic and ive never had a problem.
  10. Cheryl

    Cheryl Songster

    what about the heated waterers at AGWAY? My chickens are such slobs, I think there will be water on the floor all the time!

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