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keeping water unfrozen in winter

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Sylvie, Oct 27, 2008.

  1. Sylvie

    Sylvie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The feed store told me to hang the brooder light above the water in the coop to keep it from freezing.
    My chickens are 17 weeks and I wondered if this would be end up being too many hours of light. They suggested keeping it on 24/7 in below freezing temps.
    Has anyone done this?
     
  2. jubylives

    jubylives Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I do. I use the red heat lamp bulbs. They do not have alot of light output to them and produce good heat. I make sure I have my waterers under them all of the time in winter.

    Jeremy
     
  3. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

    Oct 15, 2007
    Elyria, OH
    How many watts are your red bulbs?
     
  4. zatsdeb

    zatsdeb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 2, 2007
    Lincoln, Illinois
    they make special heaters to go under your chicken water container, but we just use small plug in heated stock buckets, if the chickens are big enough DH says they won't fall in the bucket.
    its works for 4 years.
     
  5. jubylives

    jubylives Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:250 watts if I remember right. Always make sure the holder is rated for the wattage of bulb used and is made of ceramic.

    They make plastic waterers that have heat elements in them. $35 is the price around here. The galvanized ones are too pricy for me.

    jeremy
     
  6. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

    Oct 15, 2007
    Elyria, OH
    I agree - I already have the heat lamps but 75 and 150 watts only. I do have the base for the 250 watt (thanks for the warning!), just need another bulb so I might give that a try. I do have to consider the cost of electricity though because my electric budget just shot through the roof. If the dog bowl waterer would be less expensive to run, it might be worth the $35.
     
  7. zatsdeb

    zatsdeb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 2, 2007
    Lincoln, Illinois
    the heated buckets we have work good too, cause when it gets a certian temp. it shuts off automatically. only on when needed.
     
  8. jubylives

    jubylives Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've considered the water bowl but in our winters we only go out there once a day. I have 13 chickens and I don;t want to have to go out there to fill/ clean it all the time.

    Jeremy
     
  9. AtholCoop

    AtholCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You didn't say what kind of fount you're using...but if it's a metal vacuum type, you can build your own heater cheap.

    http://stuffibuilt.blogspot.com/2008/10/diy-fount-heater.html

    I've been running a 60 watt bulb and we've been in the 20's at night for weeks. So far it's doing the job.

    The real test will be when we get down below zero, but as warm as the fount is staying I think it's gonna work.
     
  10. SSO202

    SSO202 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    randallburkey.com has a 3 gallon heated plastic waterer that you plug in. It only comes on when temps are freezing. I think it goes for $35. Good Luck!
     

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