Frozen water

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by KHAKI EGGS, Jan 7, 2017.

  1. KHAKI EGGS

    KHAKI EGGS Just Hatched

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    Does anyone have suggestions for keeping water thawed out during freezing conditions? We have 8 hens 2 roosters. we are having unusual freezing weather for a couple of days. Wondering how to handle the freezing water problem.
     
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  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Try typing 'heated waterer' in the search bar at the top of the page and do an on site search. I always kept multiple water pans and changed pans 3 times daily during periods of excessive cold. Good luck at working this out.
     
  3. 3forfree

    3forfree Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I took a metal cookie tin, the kind you get around christmas, about 12-15inches in diameter, maybe 4 or 5 inches high with the top. I mounted a light bulb socket inside with a sheet metal screw through the side. Drilled a hole for the wire to go through,put the water jug on it and plugged it into an extension cord. I have never had water freeze using this method.
     
  4. ChickChic45

    ChickChic45 Just Hatched

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    I have 45 chickens and they seem to drink an enormous amount of water! It is very cold here in Hermiston as most places this winter. I have two heated water bases in the sheltered horse stall for outdoor daytime use and another heated base in the chicken coop. It is a large coop so I also use a radiator heater to keep a second water container from freezing and take the chill off the air.
     
  5. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    I have 48 birds, and have two heated bases under 3 gallon waterers for the winter. Mary
     
  6. ChickChic45

    ChickChic45 Just Hatched

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    Where do you live Mary? Do you heat?
     
  7. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    I'm in southern Michigan. My coop is partially insulated, which is more for summer heat than winter cold, and I don't heat it in winter. The 'cookie tin' type water heaters and the chickens provide some warmth too. There's a lot of ventilation high up, so no extra humidity. Mary
     
  8. wamtazlady

    wamtazlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm in NW Montana. I use a 10 gallon plastic tote with lid, a stock tank heater that is okay to use in plastic, and horizontal nipples. So far this winter it's gotten down to -22 and it's stayed thawed. It is kept outside in the run with the sides of the run covered with clear plastic shower curtains.
     
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  9. sarandrew11

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    Does anyone use just a regular bucket warmer? I have one and thought I could fill it with rocks and the chickens could use it?
     
  10. ChickChic45

    ChickChic45 Just Hatched

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    Wow, has it really been over a week since I was on here?! Thank you for your response....it was helpful. We are hoping to move to our cabin off the grid one of these days which would be colder and minus obvious amenities.
     

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