I have two heaters for my 16 gallon water pans, it's not enough in this cold weather. It seems my chickens, in normal weather, will drink a lot of water one day and then not much for the next few. In this sub zero temps they are drinking a lot. My hose is of course frozen so the only way to fill up both 16 gallon water tubs is to carry milk jugs full of water. I tried getting my riding mower started last night with the cart on it and it was too cold. So I had to haul all that water by hand. I'm about done with this. I have 24 chickens, 7 turkeys, 7 geese and 4 ducks. The chickens are in a coop by themselves and everything else is in the pole barn that is across the stream, so I am hauling all this water over to the pasture. I don't think this is worth it!!! This is my second winter with poultry and it just seems like a money pit and a lot of extra created work. I thought about getting one of those LARGE plastic tubs at tractor supply. They hold 225 gallons of water but it is 499.00. I'd have to store it in my garage and then heat my garage, I'd also have to get a trailer to haul it over to my pasture. This would be so much easier but not really financially smart. So that is really too expensive for the amount of eggs I get from them. I work full time so after I get home I've got to tend to all of this water. Those of you who work full time, What do you do about water that is easy??? I know this deep freeze we are having is not the norm, and so far last winter ( which was very mild) and this winter up to this week I have handled it ok. I have thought about heated hoses but have never seen them advertised or on a site. I have a well, and it is in my basement. I thought maybe I could get a hose cart like this http://www.tractorsupply.com/jackson-swivel-hose-reel-400-ft-hose-capacity-1006216 and roll up the hose, disconnect it from the spigot and put it in my basement so it doesn't freeze. But then I'd have to lift it and carry it up 4 steps out of my basement, pull it across the stream to the pole barn, and then roll it up and take it to the coop, roll it back up...again, and then back down 4 steps to put it away. That is almost as much work as carrying 40 gallons of water in milk jugs. I cannot think of an affordable, easy way of watering in really cold weather. I thought that 16 gallons of water would last at least 4 or 5 days but it is not. When I went out last night to gather eggs the pans were dry. I had just filled them up. Ideas, anyone?