It"s Getting Cold ,what To Do About The Water?????????

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by fratmor, Nov 8, 2010.

  1. fratmor

    fratmor Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 10, 2010
    OK now that it snowed in Albany its only a matter of time before NYC gets a freeze. how do we keep water from freezing?I have a plastic pail from home depot that i use for water,I'm thinking of placing a submergable fish tank heater in the bucket. any thoughts about that ?
    also any other winter tips would be helpful this is my first winter with chickens.
  2. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    Well some people raise the bucket and put a light bulb under the water pail in a protected case of sorts but I just hang a heat lamp over my waterer and it keeps the water from freezing and helps heat the coop a little. [​IMG] They have bases that are heated for the poultry fountains that you can buy not sure if they would be safe to use with a plastic bucket...pail though.
  3. emvickrey

    emvickrey ChowDown Silkie Farm

    Mar 5, 2009
    Hornbeak, Tennessee
    If you can run an extension cord to the coop you can buy one of those dog waer bowls that is heated. The cord needs to be one of those heavy guage ones to withstand winter but that's what I used last year. I'll have to get more this year because I have lots more chickens. I'm including a link that I have bookmarked that can also be very helpful. Lots of ideas somebody took the time to put together.
  4. fratmor

    fratmor Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 10, 2010
    I have pine shavings in my coop, I'm worried about the whole thing going up in flames with a light under the waterer.
  5. newchicksnducks

    newchicksnducks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Since you were planning on an aquarium heater, I assume you have electricity to the coop. I use this -

    It's designed to be used in a coop, unlike an aquarium heater. [​IMG] It worked well for me last year (my first winter w/chickens). Just a word of caution. When temps get in the teens and lower, the plastic does become brittle. If you drop it outside when taking it in to clean and fill, it may crack or chip (voice of experience!) I had to have my DH make a patch on the lip of the base out of "Gorilla glue" - but it is still working great!
  6. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 6, 2010
    Oxford NY
    Quote:First of all, before you consider using an aquarium heater read this thread: but the short answer is "Don't"

    Now I'd suggest getting a metal waterer and galvanized heater. Since they're designed for coop use, if you put the heater up on bricks or pavers there is only a very slight chance they will cause a fire. Another thing some people use are dog or bird water submersible heaters but I'd worry about those in a plastic bucket. Like you, I'd worry about using a heat lamp around shavings--all it has to do is get knocked down.
  7. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    I have a friend in Montana, terrible winters there, too. She uses an old plastic cooler, like the ones for a 12 pack of cans. It is just inside the open coop door and doesn't freeze. It's worth a try, no electricity required and it has a handle to grab for easy cleaning/refilling. They can be gotten for very little expense at thrift stores, etc.
  8. lilchick

    lilchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2008
    Williamsport In.
    It gets well below zero here in Indiana. I have several barns to feed and water each day. I have used the 3 gallon plastic waterers for years now. Every a.m. I carry freshly filled waters to them and each p.m. I dump them and take into basement to be refilled next day.
    Since they are fed and watered in their barns/coops the water does not freeze during the day. Using the deep litter method helps keep barn warm and with the chickens down on floor milling around the temps. are warm enough to keep water from icing over.
  9. jmagill

    jmagill Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 9, 2009
    Western Wyoming
    Well I have three aquarium heaters going. They work great for me.

    I have this kind.

    is my second year with them. I have already had them running for three weeks. I had two running and one coop that did not have one running for two of those weeks.
    The chickens with the warmer water drank twice as much as the ones with no heater in the water.

    I use them in 2 gallon buckets with nipples in the bottom.
  10. ttfoster

    ttfoster Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 27, 2010
    Hi There!

    This is kinda pricey for me here is something that will work! there called heated poultry bases!!

    Good luck!

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