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Heated watering bowl ????

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by pwsmith, Dec 2, 2012.

  1. pwsmith

    pwsmith Hatching

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    Hello everyone, this is my first year with the chickens and thanks to all the helpful threads. I have read a lot of things posted about water freeze up in the cold winter. ( I'm in northern Illinois ). I'm thinking about pick up a heated watering system from Farm and Fleet. Pro's and Con's ??? anyone..... Do i run a risk of starting my straw on fire? thus my hole coop. Not sure what the best approach is. I'm not liking the heat lamp idea much. Thanks everyone
     

  2. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Crowing

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    I use a small heated pet bowl for my 4. It is slightly elevated on some wood blocks to reduce them kicking bedding into it.

    I don't use straw and have a heavy duty extension cord connected to it, the bowl is also thermostatically controlled coming on only when needed. I use heated buckets for my ducks in a similar manner.. except they require no elevation.
     
  3. Azriel

    Azriel Songster

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    I use a 2 gal. heated bucket it lasts 16 LF 2 days. If you have bantys the bucket would be too tall and the dog water bowl would be better. They will not catch your straw or shavings on fire.
     
  4. Gargoyle

    Gargoyle Crowing

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