Hand warmers for winter water/warmth?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by barbieszoo, Sep 17, 2010.

  1. barbieszoo

    barbieszoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 7, 2010
    Stillwater, OK
    Someone mentioned in another thread using hand warmers to keep chicks warm. I got to wondering if a hand warmer (some of them are supposed to last 8 hrs) would be a good method of keeping chickens (I'll only have 2) and their water from freezing during those few Oklahoma winter days/ nights that freeze water almost solid. I was going to use a heat lamp but I've heard a lot of you say they are a bad fire hazard. Anyone used a hand warmer under their small chicken waterer or wrapped up in a sock to lay amongst some hay for the hens to cuddle around? Do you think it would be too hot, or totally inefficient? New at this so any advice helps. [​IMG] Thanks!
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2010
  2. vatterpa

    vatterpa Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2010
    Indiana, PA
    sounds expensive. if you secure your heat lamp and keep the bulb a safe distance from the chickens and bedding, you will be fine. you could also get a heat base for your waterer or a heated bucket.
  3. briteday

    briteday Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 16, 2008
    Northern NV
    When I had a few birds in a small coop, just starting out, we would heat a river rock on the hearth, wrap it in an old towel and put it under the roost. That being said, there was a great thread going last winter about putting a bucket of hot water in the coop to keep it warm since water will hold/absorb more heat than a rock. Maybe if you do a search or someone might remember that thread...
  4. vatterpa

    vatterpa Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2010
    Indiana, PA
    depending on the size of the coop i have seen using 55 gallon barrels filled with water painted black as thermal mass heat absorbers. blocks will do the same.
  5. Sooner

    Sooner My kids Mom!

    Mar 22, 2009
  6. Tdub4chiks

    Tdub4chiks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 8, 2010
    Constantia, NY
    IMO, hot water would put too much moisture in the coop which could create frostbite. I believe I have read this many times in this forum.
  7. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2008
    East Bethel MN
    I use heat lamps but wire them to the rafters so there is no way they can fall into the bedding. This year I am gonna use a heater to keep it just above freezing. I also use a heated dog bowl for their waterer in the winter.
  8. briteday

    briteday Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 16, 2008
    Northern NV
    Quote:I believe the water was in capped jugs, just using the containers filled with hot water to radiate heat during the night, not releasing humidity into the environment.
  9. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    I bought a heated dog bowl for the chickens and a heated horse waterer for the goose and ducks. works great

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