Keeping water cold in the heat!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by rdranch, Aug 3, 2008.

  1. rdranch

    rdranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've been putting two 1/2gallon plastic juice bottles of ice in the 3 gallon metal water fount that is outside in the run. It will keep the water cool to cold during the worst of the heat(over 100 degreees). I put only one in the fount that is in the coop as it is in the shade. They stay pretty clean and only need a quick rinse and light sanitization before they go back in he freezer for the next day. We've been having a record dry and hot summer here in eastern Colorado and it seems to be helping a great deal.
     
  2. Smoky73

    Smoky73 Lyon Master

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    Relief is coming, I read that it is supposed to be in the 80's this week and might even get into the 70's the week after! I hope thats true....[​IMG]
     
  3. cherrychicken

    cherrychicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    me too!
     
  4. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    I made some bags with my foodsaver, filled with water and sealed them - freeze and use as BIG ice blocks.
     
  5. AngelzFyre

    AngelzFyre Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wildsky, what a great idea! I have a FoodSaver/bags and will do up some of these tomorrow for this week's horrible heat. Monday's heat index is supposed to be between 105-110. [​IMG]
     
  6. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Welcome to my world y'all.

    As a common bumper sticker around here states, "I'm not afraid of going He!!, I'm from Phoenix!"
     
  7. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    Quote:Make a few different sizes, sometimes I need em to freeze back up fast and the long skinny ones freeze fast.

    Overall they're easier than bottles (I do have juice bottles also freezing) the bottles take up a lot of space! I stand them in front of the fan.

    THinking of hanging bags in front of the fan - I have chicken wire around the fan to keep from chopping up beaks and tails.... I could hang ice bags from that I think... Hmmmmmmmmmm

    We're cooling off now, the last few days were HORRIBLE!
     
  8. 65browneyes

    65browneyes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I'm with you........Friday about 1 pm, channel 15 news said Sky Harbor was 111. It was 119 here at my house in the Verde Valley. Yesterday, it was 113 at 12:30.

    I also keep frozen bottles in the waterers as well as frozen 2 liter and gallon jugs in the hen house to help in there.
     
  9. AngelzFyre

    AngelzFyre Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Will do. I want to also do some that'll fit inside the waterers and hopefully cool it off where I won't have to keep refilling every couple of hours during the day. I use a LG 3 gallon waterer inside the coop and then have a bucket with lid that hangs on the outside and feeds water to a fount bottom. The bags shouldn't take up as much space and I know switching out the bags will be lots easier than dumping the bucket and waterer so much.
    Water bill for July was 118.00!! [​IMG]


    Mahonri, does it matter that ours is humid heat and not arrid heat? [​IMG] It's already 87 before 9am here and everything is sweating! LOL
     
  10. Smoky73

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    I went and bought some freezer storage containers and was filling them with water and freezing them up. I have not done it for a few days, and really need to. Will do it today.
     

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