Preventing nipple waterer freezing

winstonsgrrrl

In the Brooder
10 Years
Aug 10, 2009
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Ohio
I'm getting some quail tomorrow, and plan to use rabbit watering bottles or soda bottle waterers. Any suggestions on how to keep them from freezing? I can have extras in the house to swap out, but I work 10 hr days, plus I prefer to sleep through the night without having to constantly switch things out.
 

fldiver97

Enabler
10 Years
Aug 5, 2009
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Middleton, WI
My Coop
I just started with a nipple waterer and I am not sure if I can use it through the winter.....I have seen a rabbit type lick or nipple type waterer, fairly large - well let's say 500 cc or more if I remember correctly, that has built in heater and was available at a petfood warehouse here in town....Don't know if that would be an option.......The other thing I thought about was having the nipple waterer near a heating lamp but that can be iffy to accomplish as I would have to put the light clear out the chickens reach but not to far from the hanging waterer.
 

dirtybug

In the Brooder
11 Years
Jun 20, 2008
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5
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Chester Co. PA
I dont have my waterer set up yet but was thinking of maybe using a loop system so I could run a small circulator pump to keep the water moving. It may be enough to keep it from freezing but I dont know. There is no electric at my coop yet so it will likely be a 12v pump run off a $20 solar panel. if I get it together I'll let you know if it works.
 

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