ice in water

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Angiebubs, Nov 17, 2011.

  1. Angiebubs

    Angiebubs Songster

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    Today there was an ice coating on the water, when my SO scooped it off, a couple of them raced over to drink. I am planning on hooking up the heater waterers this weekend. But will they peck through a think layer of ice to drink or do I need to take care of this in the morning before work?
     

  2. TinkyFeathers

    TinkyFeathers Chirping

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    I dont know about others, but I don't think mine would peck it off. If it were me I would just get it off in the morning [​IMG]
     
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  3. Angiebubs

    Angiebubs Songster

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    TinkyFeathers: Thank you. I think I will wash it up,. fill in and see if I can't get the extension cord out to plug it in in the morning. (just hard as Im up at 6 and over an hour commute=thought it could wait one more day)
     
  4. dragonlair

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    All my brids have lived through at least 1 winter and will peck thru thin ice to get to the water.
     

  5. wyododge

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    Yep they will peck through it, and if it gets too thick they may break out their skates and play a bit of hockey to pass the time.
     
  6. gale65

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    Mine didn't seem to want to peck through it but when I took the ice off the top and threw it on the ground, they all wanted to peck the ice on the ground. [​IMG]
     
  7. OldRoo

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    Quote:would 3 eggs be a "hen" trick:lol:
     

  8. BellevueOmlet

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    Mine never peck through ice but probably because I am too afraid that they never gave them much time to try before repalcing the water. Now I use a heated bucket so I don't have to worry. I'm glad to hear that everyones chickens are ice peckers so that they fight to survive.
     
  9. GoldDogsMom

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    one of my waterers was iced over this am, i broke up and removed the chunks and they all rushed over for a drink. In the winter I replace their water every am because it's usually frozen or at least partially frozen.
     

  10. phasianidae

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    This morning there was about 3/4 of an inch in their water tank and the gallon jugs were completely froze. I don't think they could have pecked through! So today I switched to heated waterers and put a deicer in the water tank.
     

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