Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Mom 2em All, Nov 23, 2008.

  1. Mom 2em All

    Mom 2em All Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2008
    Southeast Michigan
    I am frozen- and I have decided that I really DO NOT LIKE carrying water out to the chickens in freezing weather! AND...no matter how careful I am, it sloshes on me. So, then I have wet arm/leg trying to get in chicken yard while they are trying to get out.

    I put their waterer on cinder blocks inside the coop so it wouldnt freeze...but they built a shavings mountain so they could fill the waterer anyhow. (I know they did this on purpose.)

    AND I don't understand why they won't eat cracked corn? I feed them layer crumbles (they snubbed pellets) and scratch- but they leave the corn. They love corn on the cob, but why wont they eat cracked corn?

    Spoiled birds.

    Anyhow, I am just ranting.
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2008
  2. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

    Apr 21, 2008
    West Michigan
    It sounds like you could use a new project next summer -- getting electricity and some water heating/circulation equipment installed in your coop. [​IMG]
  3. chicken stalker

    chicken stalker TOS Rocks!

    Aug 31, 2008
    Binghamton, NY
    Everything is frozen here too. I have one of those warmers from TSC in my indoor run and the one outside I bring in every night. I gave them oatmeal yesterday....at first they were unsure but it was all gone later. My duck current has no pond...froze solid. Should I get a bird bath warmer for it? or will she be fine without a pool for the next 5 months?
  4. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    I hate the morning drudgery of filling waterers in winter too! It just no fun! [​IMG]
  5. junebug7334

    junebug7334 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 24, 2008
    I bring my waterers in at night-wash them and then in the morning fill with hot/warm water and take them out. It' not as good as some ideas but I was also tired of frozen cold and wet![​IMG]
  6. Daycare Mom

    Daycare Mom Chickens, Cuddly and Delicious

    Apr 9, 2008
    Conklin, Michigan
    It was so cold here all day yesterday, that I had to go out 3 times and get them fresh unfrozen water. I am to cheap to heat the water so I use the bottom half of a milk jug. They are flexable enough that I can just pop out the ice and refill with fresh water. It works good for me. Then I am not carrying a huge sloshing bucket, just a gallon milk jug or 3!
  7. Jennyhaschicks

    Jennyhaschicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2008
    I feel your pain. Every morning I head out there I think about how much easier it was when it was warm. This morning I asked dh to go out and give the chickens fresh water and he sorta gave me this look like he didn't really want to. [​IMG]
  8. Rte.66_chicks

    Rte.66_chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 22, 2008
    Kingman, AZ
    Living here in northwestern AZ, the waters don't freeze as often as most places, but the grateful response of the chooks to liquid water makes it worthwhile. Of course, once a day for a few weeks isn't anything like being where the temp. doesn't get above freezing for weeks. If I had to do it three times a day, I'd be looking at the heated waterers.
  9. HennyPennies2007

    HennyPennies2007 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 26, 2008
    I have an extra waterer that I use in case of whatever. This year I keep that in the house and trade them off. Fill one... take it out... bring the other one in...repeat as necessary. I can live with doing wet chores in the cold... but add OKlahoma wind and I want to make it as dry as possible!!
    Who wants to be damp AND frozen. [​IMG]
  10. cheeps

    cheeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2008
    Rockwell, NC
    Have you tried filling your waterer with warm water? That way if it gets on you, you won't freeze! My babies really seem to enjoy a warm beverage in the morning!

    I'm in NC but we are having an unusually cold fall! I can't get used to this!

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