How do you keep Water from freezing

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

  1. ryan820

    ryan820 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 30, 2010
    I can't imagine changing water that often even in the warmth of the summer! Wow!

    I use a bucket that is suspended from a post with nipples not the underside. I throw an aquarium heater into the bucket (it's a small, shatter proof one) that lays on the very bottom. It is connected to a timer that cycles on and off in 30 minute intervals. Easy peasy. Our temps are to bottoms out at -9F tonight and it was 2 last night...the water never froze.
  2. Stacykins

    Stacykins Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 19, 2011
    Escanaba, MI
    Quote:Don't use Hot Water, one it is not good for your birds and two it will freeze faster than cold water.



    Hot water will freeze solid quickly, while if you water them with cool water, it will actually freeze slower and only start with a thin sheet of ice on the surface of the water which can easily be punched through. The reason behind this is that cold water has more dissolved gas in it, which settles on nucleation sites on the walls of the water container. These disturbances on the sides of the container are what allow water to crystallize. But hot water has less dissolved gas, and the entire solution slowly cools until once it cools enough, the entire thing begins to freeze rather than just a thin crust around the edges.

    It is almost like the hot water allows the rapidly cooling water to become supercooled , and then when it finally is disturbed because of the addition of a seed crystal, it freezes solid.
  3. Linn Bee

    Linn Bee Chillin' With My Peeps

    I do like the idea of a warm rock or brick as long as it doesn't heat the water too much. It just might add enough heat to the waterer to keep it from freezing up over night. I could easily see setting one daily on the furnace.

    I managed to run e- to the garden shed and have an extension cord going to the coop. So far I haven't plugged the water heater in. Hasn't been needed with temps down to 19 degrees (F), but nights are supposed to get into single digits before the end of the week. Sigh!

    Love, Linn B (aka Smart Red) Gardening zone 5a - 4b in south-est, central-est Wisconsin
  4. chickened

    chickened Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 2, 2010
    western Oregon
    Bring the chickens in the house.
  5. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    I dont. I just change the water 2x a day. They usually will keep a small hole pecked through the top layer of ice to drink out of.
  6. rungirl

    rungirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2010
    Columbus, Ohio
    Well, besides a heated watered, I keep a big black rubber feed pan out in the run with water in it. It still freezes, but on sunny days when it's not terribly cold, the black rubber stays warm enough to keep the ice melted. Other than that, you're going to have to haul water... which is no fun in the winter. I'd run an extension cord.
  7. chickened

    chickened Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 2, 2010
    western Oregon
    You can do a lot with heat tape. [​IMG]
  8. OldGuy43

    OldGuy43 Chillin' With My Peeps

    It depends on where you are of course, but here it rarely stays below freezing during the day and since the hens sleep at night we just break the ice off the ice in the morning and they're good for the rest of the day. Colder climates of course will require a different solution.

    Wrong spelling of their/they're. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2011
  9. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

    Aug 20, 2010
    Quote:SO TRUE! [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Love that sig.
  10. rose45

    rose45 New Egg

    Jan 24, 2014
    Have a 250 gallon tank for 26 chickens and want to prevent the water from freezing

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