How does everyone prevent their water from freezing in the winter?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by bush, Aug 16, 2014.

  1. bush

    bush Chillin' With My Peeps

    104
    3
    79
    Feb 23, 2014
    How does everyone prevent their water from freezing in the winter?
     
  2. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

    5,291
    626
    318
    Jan 27, 2014
    Central Oregon
    It really depends on just what type of waterer you use. Give a little more info if you can.
     
  3. chickenhound

    chickenhound Chillin' With My Peeps

    172
    22
    68
    Jul 2, 2014
    If you are using a galvanized water container, they sell heated bases that the waterer will set on. The heated base is usually thermostatically controlled so it does not come on until the ambient temperature drops below freezing. They work well. We have two of them. Cost is around $ 40.00.
     
  4. aperez54

    aperez54 Out Of The Brooder

    56
    2
    41
    Jul 29, 2014
    1 person likes this.
  5. sandesnow

    sandesnow Chillin' With My Peeps

    179
    32
    106
    Nov 20, 2013
    Nova Scotia Canada
    In the winter time, we move to a smaller waterer, just because we will be checking on it a few times a day. This way, we are not dealing with a full 5 gal waterer and dealing with ice. We don't keep the water heated, as our barn doesn't have electricity. So we do it the hard way. Temps here get pretty low. -20c is common at times, especially if there is a blizzard.
     
  6. chickenhound

    chickenhound Chillin' With My Peeps

    172
    22
    68
    Jul 2, 2014
    Thanks for that post aperez 54. Great idea and inexpensive.
     
  7. aperez54

    aperez54 Out Of The Brooder

    56
    2
    41
    Jul 29, 2014
    You're welcome [​IMG] That Chicken Chick lady has a boatload of ideas!
     
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2014
    1 person likes this.
  8. chickenhound

    chickenhound Chillin' With My Peeps

    172
    22
    68
    Jul 2, 2014
    I just hope the web site is secure. When I went to it my anti virus software displayed the site as " Caution ", usually it says " Verified " But it does seem like a very informative site. Thanks again. [​IMG]
     
  9. bush

    bush Chillin' With My Peeps

    104
    3
    79
    Feb 23, 2014
    That DYI water heater looks like the ticket. Thanks
     
    1 person likes this.
  10. mdelhomme

    mdelhomme Out Of The Brooder

    41
    5
    26
    Mar 27, 2014
    Spokane, WA
    That heater looks great. Easy to make and looks effective. We have a hanging waterer with chicken nipples on the bottom, so it wouldn't work for us. We were thinking of wrapping the bucket with heat tape. Any thoughts? Has anyone tried this?
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by