Keeping water fountains thawed

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by mgarifo87, Nov 15, 2014.

  1. mgarifo87

    mgarifo87 Out Of The Brooder

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    How is everyone keeping their waterers thawed out? I have the 1 gallon water fountains and I'm having to chip away the ice twice a day at minimum! I live in Michigan so I can only imagine it getting worse lol my boyfriend read to use shallow pans with ping pong balls in them (if the water is moving it won't freeze kind of concept), I tried it tonight but I fear they are going to jump in and then freeze! I would rather not use electric heaters if I can avoid it so any ideas are welcome!!! I have both chickens and quail and use the same type of waterers please help!!
     
  2. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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    As you live in snow country as I do, you really need to look into some form of heated waterer for sure. As for myself, I have 2-1/2 gallon white plastic buckets with horizontal water nipples. I use what they call mini stock tank water heaters and have had no problems at all. Right now it's 4:00 a.m. and the outside temp is reading minus 4 degrees, but their waterer is functioning fine. Here's a few pics to show you what I did:
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    If you're interested in the how-to's on making this style of waterer look below here for my BYC page on making them. I wish you all the very best whichever way you decide to go...stay warm!!! [​IMG]
     
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  3. mgarifo87

    mgarifo87 Out Of The Brooder

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    I think this plan would work great for my chickens, I think I will have to find a separate plan for my quail though. My boyfriend made a good point that as chickens are naturally curious and like to peck at new things it will work great but quail are more skiddish and leary about new things and since we disn't start them on a nipple waterer it will be really difficult possibly even impossible to train the quail to use it [​IMG] but I am still interested in the plans to use on my chickens [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  4. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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    Quail?? Not wanting to use horizontal nipple waterers?? Take a look....
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    No problem at all. The secret is to sit in there once you've got it built and "click" the stainless steel thingie....over, and over, and over, and over...(bring a boat cushion or bucket to sit on!!), and over and over. Eventually out of curiosity they WILL come see what you're up to. Once one or two are using them...they'll ALL use 'em ....[​IMG]
     
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  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    You should update your page with the heater info, there's some questions there in the comments about freezing.
    I'm curious for a link to the heater you have and if you have measured the temp of the water in relation to the ambient temp..
     
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    HOw about a small terrarium pad under the metal waterer
     
  7. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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    If you purchase a water heater similar to mine, just make SURE it is rated for plastic bucket use. Mine are, absolutely no probs. When I first put them in I thought "geez, maybe I should be a coffee cup saucer or something in there" but nope, it's doing just fine!
     
  8. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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    Thanks for the heads up @aart .. I'll try and do that tonight. In the meantime, here's the link. I got them online at walmart:

    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Allied-Precision-2261-7872-250-Watt-Aluminum-Bird-Bath-De-Icer/23136155

    Spendy little buggers but worth it for sure. This morning it was 4 degrees above zero and the water in the run bucket was around 40 degrees....same for the one in the coop.
     
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    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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