Help keeping a nipple waterer from freezing - no electricity available

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by MarieNC, Dec 19, 2010.

  1. MarieNC

    MarieNC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My girls use a nipple waterer since it really cuts down on the mess. With a regular waterer they were always getting sand in it, no matter how high up off the ground I put it. But the problem with the nipple waterer is that it constantly freezes overnight. I don't mind thawing it out every morning, but what can I do when we go out of town for a couple of days for the holidays? I don't have electricity available in the coop. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!
     
  2. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Without electricty, about the best you can do is put it where the Sun will shine on it
     
  3. chickendogfarm

    chickendogfarm Out Of The Brooder

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    try insulating the outside of reservoir with bubble wrap...that may help to a certain point
     
  4. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

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    I'm faced with the same problem. How to keep water from freezing overnight without electricity.

    I'm trying to figure out how to use a rice sock(athletic sock filled with rice); use it like a heat sink. Haven't figured it out though . . .
     

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