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How do you keep Water from freezing

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by av8rwife, Dec 3, 2011.

  1. av8rwife

    av8rwife Out Of The Brooder

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    We don't have electricity at the chicken coop. How do you keep the water from freezing in the winter? Also want to know your ideas for insulating the chicken coop/run against the rain/ice/snow in the winter?
     
  2. GoldenSparrow

    GoldenSparrow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just change the water 3-4 times a day. [​IMG]
    and I make sure its Hot
     
  3. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    Quote:Don't use Hot Water, one it is not good for your birds and two it will freeze faster than cold water.

    Chris
     
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  4. TroutsChicks

    TroutsChicks Fluffy Stuffins

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    I read a blog about a women boiling a rock and putting the hot rock in her water dishes...i plan to use an aquarium heater. Hope this helps!
     
  5. Country Parson

    Country Parson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In Winter I change water twice...once at 7:30am and again at 4:00pm. I use small 2gal buckets. Simple, free, easy.
     
  6. shadust1

    shadust1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i will just take water to them when i leave to go to work in the a.m. and check on it when i come home...but they free range so they have access to the pond just like the ducks..they go to the edge and drink..lol...
     
  7. Terri O

    Terri O Chillin' With My Peeps

    If you use the rubber Fortrel buckets or pans you can stomp them to get the ice out without the pan breaking. That's what I used before I got electricity. Now I use the cookie tin heaters...what a fantastic thread that is! T
     
  8. FarmGirl01

    FarmGirl01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used the rubber tubs also. They won't break and will absorb the sun's heat and melt faster. I always empty them out at night and refill them in the morning. I also check them and knock out the ice often. When I had electricity in the barns I used a heated water base used for pet water bowels.
     
  9. vebyrd36

    vebyrd36 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Olive oil helps some, it will still freeze but the layer is thinner. I also use black tubs as well. I was once told vinegar but I use that anyway with all my chickens to pevent sour crop. [​IMG]
     
  10. darkmatter

    darkmatter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I also use the black rubber tubs in winter. Stomp the ice out in the morning and refill.
     

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