Need help! -40c winters & wAter

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by yukonchickens1, Nov 24, 2015.

  1. yukonchickens1

    yukonchickens1 New Egg

    Mar 8, 2013
    Our winters get to -40c or colder here. We've already got a cold snap (from -3 to -25 overnight) and in that I lost my 3 silkies. I just lost another bird tonight because I think she was dehydrated. The water froze and I don't think they're drinking enough. How can I keep their water from freezing.. And from losing more birds
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Where are you located?

    I hate to tell you this but that is way too cold for silkies. I suggest getting a different more hardy breed or provide heated housing. Above all, you need a heated water fount because no matter what, they need liquid water available at all times.
  3. shortgrass

    shortgrass Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 14, 2015
    Northern Colorado
    Oh boy yes, you will need an electric heated waterer.... THAT is even too cold to get a nipple system to work properly! :(

    Heated waterer... And yes, more cold tolerant breeds than silkies, I'm afraid.

    I'm so sorry for your loss :(
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2015
  4. Hi!
    I live 20 minutes west of Edmonton, Alberta!! Very used to cold winters here also!!
    Its hard to get the right answer.
    This is what I have done this winter.
    I have a red 250watt bulb in my chicken coop. So far my water hasn't froze over night. So far we have gotten down to -24 over night.
    I keep my food and water in the coop now that its winter.
    If you plan to keep frizzle hens you will need to heat the coop. Also buy an electric dog bowl or pail to keep your water from freezing.
    Good luck!
  5. LilyBird

    LilyBird Out Of The Brooder

    May 20, 2015
    Ontario Canada
    Oh no!!! I'm sorry to hear you lost your silkies. I'm in Ontario and we get the same type of temperatures. And I have a silkie. And no heat in my coop. The coldest its gotten was -5C so far and she's been okay. Now I'm worried about her though.

    I'm also trying to figure out the water system. Not sure what we are going to do.

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