Pictures of winter waterers & how you handle?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Wynette, Nov 13, 2012.

  1. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    I've been chatting with Miss Lydia, my duck buddy [​IMG] about this, but I really would love to see PICTURES (not just descriptions) of how folks handle the winter watering for ducks.

    DH has run electric to the duck pen, and added a weatherproof/duckproof plug on the outside of their coop for the 5 gallon heated waterer. I'm going to block off about half of the top opening with wood so they aren't tempted to get in. I'll change out this water daily, of course.

    We are going to build a 3-sided little "dog house" of sorts, wiht a roof, to give the waterer a bit of protection from the elements - one side will be open for them to walk up & drink. I can see in my mind what I "think" will work, but I would love to get some pics of winter watering options from others! Thanks!
     
  2. MixWizard

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  3. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    I have two small heated buckets.. one will go in the barn which they have access to too all day and the other likely out further closer to where they eat... i really have no fancy concept here.. plus i bang out ice until i can no longer in the traditional rubber bowls/pans...

    I purposely use the smaller variety so they do not climb in.. we tried a big one from the horses, total fail the ducks just climbed right in lol
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  4. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    Thanks, Quakers - I was really hoping for some pictures of heated buckets in use so I can see how folks are literally using them, and how their ducks like them. I'm going to cover part of the 5 gallon bucket I have with a piece of wood so that they can't climb in. I would love to have a smaller bucket to use, but right now, I use THREE smaller ones in the run, and they're used to having quite a bit of water. With 5 ducks, and me working full time & not being able to refill during the day, I will have to use the 5 gallon bucket unfortunately. I am already visualizing a large icy spot where I'll be dumping it out every morning!
     
  5. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    Oh i see! well, honestly last year i had a wooden frame that i set the bucket into in the coop but well, duck math struck and we expanded the barn out the side so i cannot do that anymore lol

    This year, i have a bucket hook like from horses? that i hope to be able to attach it too, it's not flat backed which is gonna be annoying but i will try... i run the hydro up and around thankfully ducks have no teeth so that makes things way easier. I totally get why you'd need the larger size, i am here most days so i can check with only 10 two buckets should be enough, worse case i may run a floating heater in a kiddy pool.. but i am mixed on that as that they will most definitely swim in..
     
  6. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    Okay i took two pictures of where i have the main bucket in the barn and a shot of it replaced with the heated variety.

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    There it is with just a normal small flat back bucket

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    and now replaced with the heated, obviously the cord wouldn't be on the floor some fence staples and binder twine will bring it up off the floor... it's not perfect as it's not a flat back but it was attachable will likely hold just find regardless.

    hope that helps? as of this moment the placement of the other bucket for outside is undetermined i do have a porch on my barn so i may set it there but not sure yet as that would create ice and i'll be the one on my head lol
     
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  7. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    THanks, Quakers! Aren't you worried about them spilling water all over the floor?
     
  8. Going Quackers

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    Since i locked it too the wall, no lol Now the stalls just have a bucket sitting there which on occasion has hit the floor but my birds generally don't do that. I used to have 17 now that created way more chaos... with only 10 things are much more quiet... [​IMG]

    This is what the bucket holder looks like.. even a horse cannot get it off.. trust me mine try [​IMG]

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  9. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    Yup, I have those in my horse stalls, too - some of mine are plastic but work the same as the metal ones. Thanks for the pics!
     
  10. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Where do you get those please?
     

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