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Old farmers trick I found works weel on keeping water from freezing in winter

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by the girls club, Nov 30, 2015.

  1. the girls club

    the girls club Out Of The Brooder

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    If you have electric to your coop. I have a single cement block. The ones that are open in center. I put a light fixture that has a cord for a light bulb in it I screw a light bulb in the fixture and put the block a round the fixture and p-lug the fixture in . You can set your water on top of the block and your water does not freeze.. Has worked in the harshest of winters with out fail. Just have to make sure the light bulb doesn't burn out. I have a cement floor in my coop
     
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  2. cypressdrake

    cypressdrake Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like a grate idea. Do you tie it down so that they don't spill it and burst the bulb? I have large fowl birds and they always want to roost on everything, including their water pan. I think this is a good idea, I'll figure the rest out. Thanks for sharing.
     
  3. ccat1

    ccat1 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have heard of the Concrete Block/light bulb for heating water in the past. I think I will try it when the temps get down below 32 for a while.
    I have a 3 gal bucket with nipples on it that the hens used all summer, but they don't seem interested in it anymore........so I have been using the bottom 4" of a 5 gal bucket for watering.
    Question......would the bucket bottom be fine sitting on the cinder block with light bulb under it? I assume this plastic is tough enough to withstand heat, plus the water in it wouldn't allow it to heat up too much.
    Any help or experience with this will be appreciated.
    ccat1.
     
  4. fire370

    fire370 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I personally would not do the plastic bucket.
     
  5. fire370

    fire370 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    But the water in the bucket would probably keep the plastic from getting too hot. But I myself wouldn't risk it.
     
  6. JackE

    JackE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, it would work, but I wouldn't have that in my coop. I don't like the idea, of an exposed light bulb, and water, in close proximity to each other. A better and safer idea, is the cookie tin water fount warmer. The bulb is enclosed inside the tin, and protected from accidental water splashes, and everything else.
     
  7. Justso

    Justso Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you want to get really fancy you can add a Thermo Cube to automatically shut off the light:

    Farm Innovators Model TC-3 Cold Weather Thermo Cube Thermostatically Controlled Outlet - On at 35-Degrees/Off at 45-Degrees
     
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