how do you keep waterers cold during hot days?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ticks, Jun 8, 2008.

  1. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

    Apr 1, 2008
    The Sticks, Vermont
    My chickens waterer is in direct sunlight. It is also black and metal. how do you keep it cold?
  2. polychickens

    polychickens Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 23, 2007
    I just fill mine twice daily on the hottest days. If mine were black, I'd paint it white and create some shade for it.
  3. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    I keep mine in the shade. Are you able to move yours?
  4. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR
    I keep our waters in the shade also (tarps). On extremely hot days, I add blocks of ice to the waterers. I just cut off the top of 2 litter soda bottles, fill them about 3/4th of the way with water and freeze them overnight.

  5. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    I also use soda bottles filled with water and frozen and let them float in the water. Make sure the bottles have the paper taken off and are cleaned very well before floating them in the water. You can reuse the same bottles for a long, long time. I have about eight bottles that I substitute when one is thawed I put in another frozen one and replace the thawed back into the freezer.

    Finding a way to keep their water in the shade is a great idea whether you use ice or not.
  6. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    I use Ice Cubes in the water bowl.
  7. ChuckenGirl

    ChuckenGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 22, 2007
    Maryland :)
    i think i might wrap mine in towels to keep the coolness, i hope it works.

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