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How do I keep the water from freezing?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by bp11chickens, Jul 25, 2013.

  1. bp11chickens

    bp11chickens In the Brooder

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    We have electricity for the coop, but the water-er is in the run. The run has a roof and is enclosed.
     
  2. smedly9921

    smedly9921 In the Brooder

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    Buy a heated water feeder. they are 50 bucks from TSC.
     
  3. Ozzy1

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  4. Rich386

    Rich386 Songster

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    I have mine mounted on PVC pipe. I just circulate the water with a small fountain pump. Bought for $12.00 at Lowe's.

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  5. bp11chickens

    bp11chickens In the Brooder

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    Does it work for outside? We get temps close to 0 at night and in the morning, so I need to make sure it doesn't freeze. Because I get out of school a 3:00.
     
  6. Rich386

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    My guess is that if you circulate and heat the water through the nipple run back to the supply it would not freeze. Although I don't know if anyone can guarantee that.
     
  7. bp11chickens

    bp11chickens In the Brooder

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    Will my girls automatically drink from nipples?
     
  8. RussianChickens

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    We have used a large insulated water pan about 6"high and 12"diameter for years without any problem. Insulated it with cheep stuff and Styrofoam at home on bottom and sides. We fill it with Hot water twice a day. Not burning hot! Fill once in the morning and once in the evening. We use a watering can to get the hot water from the house to the pan. Our coup is not heated but is insulated. It gets down to -20 in winter here and we have never had a problem. When its very cold it can freeze over night so make sure your out early to re fill when its very cold.

    Place it in the coop.

    We have to do this as we do not have electricity in or near the coups. Nothing wrong with the old fashion way. lol

    I personally would just drain pipes in winter and do this or plug in a heated water if you had electricity.
     
  9. bp11chickens

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    I think I will try that
     
  10. Rich386

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    They will! Most people make the mistake of not removing their old system.
     
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2013

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