Gravity water system in winter for ducks

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by mrslamb, Aug 18, 2014.

  1. mrslamb

    mrslamb Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 6, 2014
    I've been searching around and reading all about this, and have gotten good ideas, but I thought I would post too. We are looking to switch our watering system to a gravity fed waterer, but also trying to figure out if we can still make it work for winter.

    I think we will plan to use a rain barrel drum- which we will probably just fill with our hose, and that will connect to fill our water bucket with a float valve in it.

    My questions are
    1) Sounds like if I keep debris out of the rain barrel and maybe add in ACV, will that help curb any algae/bacteria from growing in the barrel? Any other better ideas?
    2)We live in the midwest- has anybody used a gravity feeder in winter like this set up, how do you keep the hose from freezing? (I was looking into bird bath heaters/livestock heaters to keep the barrel from freezing- and may have to have a heater under the bucket it is going into as well)

    Thanks I appreciate any feedback!

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