How do you prevent water from freezing

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by LuLuBelle, Dec 24, 2010.

  1. LuLuBelle

    LuLuBelle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So my question of the day is this.... how do you prevent the water from freezing in the coops? What are your suggestions? [​IMG]
     
  2. kla37

    kla37 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I take the waterer out when I go to bed and bring it out full of really warm water at 6 am. Where we are it won't freeze (most of the time) during the day. If it's that cold I have 2 kids checking it every couple hours.
     
  3. LuLuBelle

    LuLuBelle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you, I will give that a try....
     
  4. henney penny

    henney penny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you have electic in your coop?If not can you run an extension cord
     
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  5. gavinandallison

    gavinandallison Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Heated dog bowl from Walmart, approx $17, has built in thermostat, we use it along with an extension cable.
     
  6. LuLuBelle

    LuLuBelle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That's a great idea, thank you!!
     
  7. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I use Fortex small black rubber pans. In the morning, turn them upside down and step on them. The ice block comes out easily. Then refill with nice warm water carried out in gallon milk jugs.

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    My hubby won't let me mix water and electric outside.
     
  8. LadyEnfield

    LadyEnfield New Egg

    I use a heated dog dish. Works great! I call it their hot tub.[​IMG]
     
  9. JayDee

    JayDee Out Of The Brooder

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    We've been using a "Snuggle Safe" heat pad that we use with newborn kittens. You just heat it in the microwave and it keeps the heat for hours. We've been putting that underneath the water and it does seem to keep it liquid longer. Mostly, I haven't been worrying too much because I've noticed the hens have been eating the snow!
     
  10. MinnetonkaBoater

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    I also go with the heated dog dish. I cut a circle of plywood and hung it by three chains from the top of the coop. Put the dog dish on that. It is hung high enough that their scratchings do not fowl the water. It works great, and the coop has been as cold as 5 degrees F.
     

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