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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by i sa rules, Dec 11, 2011.

  1. i sa rules

    i sa rules Hatching

    Nov 30, 2011
    How do you prevent the water from freezing [​IMG]
    thank you
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2011

  2. roxyblue

    roxyblue Songster

    Jul 6, 2011
    pittsburgh, PA
    I built a heated waterer yesturday! You can look up designs on youtube, or look up cookie-tin heated waterers in the google box. I've seen a couple BYC posts on building them.
  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    Different ways. You can build various heating devices like the one Roxyblue mentioned. You can get a heated dog water bowl. In anything you do, remember that water and electricity together is dangeous. You can safely use electricity to keep water thawed, but just be careful.

    I don't worry about it. I use a black rubber water bowl. Every morning if it is frozen I turn it over and stamp it to get the ice out. I put it outside in the sun. It stays thawed down to the lower to mid 20's, if there is sun. But I am home during the day and can refill it if it is really cold and cloudy.

    It was 4 degrees Fahrenheit when I took this photo a couple of years ago.

  4. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Crowing

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi I sa and welcome to BYC from cold northern Michigan [​IMG]

    Our winters can be bitterly cold, so heated water is a must even in the coop. I bought a heated base after considering a homemade one because the wiring is completely sealed and the cord is protected by a thick chicken-proof cover. Just seemed safer to me. What will work for you will depend on where you are and how many birds you have, and how often you are there to check the water. It is very important for them to have a generous and constant supply of fresh water.
  5. clairabean

    clairabean Songster

    Nov 7, 2010
    Kootenays of BC!
    For years I brought out fresh water three times a day. This year I bought a heated waterer and I am kicking myself for not doing it sooner.
  6. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

    Mar 16, 2009
    onchiota NY
    Quote:I have FINALLY switched to these bowls. I have 3 heated water pans-one I use in the big egg layer side of barn-out of convenience but I just bought 10 big black rubber bowls and do exactly what Ridgerunner does everyday--its awesome~
  7. vfem

    vfem Yoga...The Chicken Pose

    Aug 4, 2008
    Fuquay Varina, NC
    Heated bowls work for most, I can't run electric here... so I just have 2 waterers per coop and I swap them out after a freezing night with a freshly filled waterer. I do enjoy we have short mild winters here though, so I only have to do this a couple weeks each year at most. [​IMG]

  8. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

    Mar 16, 2009
    onchiota NY
    Quote:[​IMG] you are very lucky--we do the breaking of water bowls 2x a day from Dec-April:(
  9. i sa rules

    i sa rules Hatching

    Nov 30, 2011
    thank you for telling me [​IMG]
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2011
  10. happycountryhens

    happycountryhens Songster

    Jun 17, 2010
    Central NY
    I have no electric in my coop. I go to work in the dark and come home in the dark in the mid winter.

    What we do is fresh water in the morning. We hang the waterers by chains from the ceiling of the coop. We put flat feed tubs upsidedown on the floor under the waterer and put Snuggle Safe disks on the pan.

    The waterer hangs a little above the snuggle safe disc so the water won't get too hot. That keeps it open for a large part of the day as they stay warm for 8 hours. The snuggle safe's are disks you put in the microwave for 5 - 7 min and they stay warm for 8 - 12 hours. We got ours on Amazon.

    At night we bring out fresh water and a lantern and wake everyone up for water and a snack.

    If you can run electric, I would do the dog water bowl.

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