Insulated waterer?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by LithiumPyrite, Sep 14, 2012.

  1. LithiumPyrite

    LithiumPyrite Out Of The Brooder

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    Winter is coming and I have been flirting with the idea of somehow making a nipple waterer out of a small insulated thermos or cooler jug of some sort to keep the water from freezing in their coop. Has anyone ever done this? Could one get a nipple to attach to it well?
     
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    I think you're likely to find that winter watering provides a unique challenge. Our temperatures simply get too low, for too long. We use the tried and true heated dog dish, with a small pail set into them. Works get and no fussing, just swap out the pails. I've not really tried any nipple system in subzero weather.
     
  3. chfite

    chfite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In winter, I use a 5 gal bucket with nipples in the bottom. I place a bird bath heater in it to keep it from freezing. It cycles on and off by temperature.

    Works well.

    Chris
     

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