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how to keep your water jugs from freezing

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by pedro24, Nov 12, 2009.

  1. pedro24

    pedro24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hello my name is Pedro and were i live its almost winter
    and i need to keep our water jugs from freezing because
    the chickens need the water because thats all they do until
    they fall asleep and then a thin layer of ice forms and then
    they wont eat or drink. if i don't get the ice off before winter
    come the chicken and duck want be able to drink. so what can
    i do.[​IMG]

    thanks.
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    the coop includes silver laced 2 hen, 1 rooster
    11 ducks 5 males, 6 females
    white rock bantams 2 hen, 1 rooster
    faverolls 2hens, 1 rooster
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    If you can get a heated water dish that would be best, but I just like to fill up water in the morning into black rubber pans and replace the chunk of ice with hot water once a day.
     
  3. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    I use an electric dog bowl, you can see it in the winter link below...[​IMG]
     
  4. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    I use an old cooler and fill it with warm water at night. By morning, some times it is a little slushy, but it usually isn't frozen solid.
    Mine looks a little like this, but it is smaller and not so tall
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  5. pedro24

    pedro24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks guys i will try those out:rolleyes:
     
  6. chicks4kids

    chicks4kids Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Wow New Egg pedro, rolling your eyes at the suggestions won't get you any more I bet.
     
  7. 2468Chickensrgr8

    2468Chickensrgr8 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2007
    Ontario
    Hey ....almost neighbour .....yes a heated dog dish will make you life alot easier ...I fill up a big orange juice container in the house and bring it to the coop to fill up the dish ...morning and night and it works wonders ...good luck ...
     
  8. schmije

    schmije Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We put a heat lamp on the waterer. We're not as far north as you, but that keeps the water unfrozen for us.
     
  9. Lucy4

    Lucy4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Hey Lynne... just checked out your page. Very helpful, thanks! How big is the dog bowl in that pic? One quart? I have four birds... just wondering what size to get.
     
  10. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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