nipple waterers and winter time...what do you do?

kevinnini

Chirping
7 Years
Apr 1, 2012
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thinking of building a new tractor....I currently place a de-icer inside a 5 gal bucket in the winter...3 nipples in the bottom and it works pretty well...only fill once a week.

but im looking for other ideas...so im wondering how others contend with freezing temps but still use nipple waterers?

thanks, Kevin
 

brianb88

Chirping
10 Years
Jan 21, 2011
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Iuka, MS
I am wondering the same thing. I plan on using a 5 gallon bucket as the tank on the outside of the coop/run and then waterline out to the individual nipples on the inside.
 

kevinnini

Chirping
7 Years
Apr 1, 2012
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I think you would have to run a waterproof heat element down through the supply pipe
 

rcdavis20

In the Brooder
7 Years
Sep 24, 2012
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I used a 5 gallon bucket with horizontal spring loaded nipples. Over the winter I used a bird bath heater with a built in thermostat. Worked great. Here's a pic of the bucket.
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PM me if you're interested in the nipples, bucket or both. I can build one for you.
 

kevinnini

Chirping
7 Years
Apr 1, 2012
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thats similar to my set up but ive not seen the horizontal nipples...are they better?
 

rcdavis20

In the Brooder
7 Years
Sep 24, 2012
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thats similar to my set up but ive not seen the horizontal nipples...are they better?
I like them much better than the vertical mounted ones. Mine are spring loaded with rubber gaskets which prevent leaks. Here's a pic up close...


 

Rich386

Songster
8 Years
Jul 21, 2011
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Live Oak, FL
I put this together about two years ago and have not had to touch it since then. I added a Little Giant fountain pump $12.00 from Lowe's. The pump circulates the water through the nipple run and back to the tank that helps keep it frost free. The only metal in the nipples is the spring and plunger so it transfers less cold to the water and are less likely to freeze.





 
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WoodlandWoman

Crowing
12 Years
May 8, 2007
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For the people that don't have their location listed, could you mention what state you're in or what kind of winter temperatures you're talking about? Barely freezing? -20? How cold can it get and still keep the nipples unfrozen? Thanks!
 

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