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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by kimmerjo, Jul 29, 2013.

  1. kimmerjo

    kimmerjo Chirping

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    I want to make my waterers out of PVC pipe . Has anyone ever used that pipe insulators around them and put them inside a larger pipe? Do you think this would make a difference in your water freezing?
     

  2. NYcue

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    That really depends on a number of factors... is the PVC in the run or the coop? How long is the PVC, is the water reservoir heated ... etc... etc... etc...

    I experimented with using PVC insulation but it failed.... it froze. But I run my water outside of the coop and in the run.

    Now, in the Winter I use a 5 gallon bucket with Chicken nipples. I also placed a birdbath water heater inside to prevent the water from freezing. Works great even outside when the weather dips below 0.
     
  3. kimmerjo

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    Ahh ok it was just a thought. I will not have any electric to the coop. So I figured in the winter I will just make a couple waterers and swap them out a couple times a day so they have water not a huge ice cube. Thanks
     
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  4. MoonShadows

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    Why not run a heavy duty extension cord out to your coop for the winter.

    An alternative to the bird bath heater in the 5 gallon nipple waterer is to wrap the 5 gallon nipple pail with heat tape, cut out the bottom of another bucket and place the heat taped bucket inside of it. This not only protects the heat tape from getting pecked, it actually protects the nipples from freezing too since they are now recessed in the bottom of the outside pail.
     
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    Im not having electric or heat. I want happy and healthy bird without dependency of thing that can go away.
     
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  10. chynasparks

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    You know, if I could afford electricity and a little running water in my coop I'd do it. In my own personal situation a drop cord reaches from the out door outlet on the house. I've seen some absolutely gorgeous coops on this forum and without reading all their history I know they put some electricity in there. If they pay enough attention to detail as it seems then I'm sure they did with installing some electricity as well. If I could, I would. And I love brousing the gallery on BYC, such imagination! I mean that in the best way possible, I look at them and I say "ooohhhhh I want one if those. :) However my hubby built a fine coop for our 4 peeps and proud of him for it.
     

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