question on equipment available to keep water de-iced in winter

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by kwhit, Oct 24, 2013.

  1. kwhit

    kwhit Out Of The Brooder

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    Good day All

    I am entering my first Winter with 6 laying hens. I am beginning to think of how to keep their water de-iced when we are in the dead of cold weather. I don't have power at their coop. Here are my thoughts:

    I want to be able to hang the waterer outside. I don't have enough room in the coop.

    1. Put fresh water out twice a day in my regular plastic water container. I normally hang ours outside. The only disadvantage to this idea is when I go away and need to depend on a chicken sitter. I want an easy-use alternative.

    2. Take a chance and spend $40-$100 for a heated fountain and run an extension cord from my deck GFCI outlet.
    http://www.tractorsupply.com/en/store/farm-innovators-heated-poultry-fount-3-gal#desc-tab


    3. I am considering buying a bird water bath heater
    http://www.audubonworkshop.com/product/Ice_Eliminator_Birdbath_Heater OR
    I like this idea [​IMG] http://www.audubonworkshop.com/product/Heated_Ground_Birdbath

    For what seems to be a cheap alternative (#1) I feel I should save my money after reviewing the opinions of some of the equipment available. 50% seem happy with the heated waterers. I am thinking maybe I shouldn't rush to buy anything yet and see how this Winter works out. However, on the other hand, I am leaning toward buying the heated ground birdbath.

    What have been your experiences and what would you recommend?
    I invite your thoughts on this subject[​IMG]

    Kwhit
     
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    kwhit Out Of The Brooder

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  3. jimmywalt

    jimmywalt Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Make a "cookie tin heater"
    Chances are you'll spend less than $5 (not counting the drop cords)

    It's really nothing more than a light bulb in a container on which you can set your waterer

    It's cheap and effective, and many people have all they need to build one just layiing around the house anyway
     
  5. JAHVREM

    JAHVREM Out Of The Brooder

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    After many frustrating years of fighting frozen waterers, ...I ignored all the suggestions about the cookie tin heaters cuz of bad reviews, I said heck, nothing else works, I otta try it. I have 6 pens to keep thawed, and I figured out how to make them work.

    First reason to love them..they are cheap
    2nd reason, easy and safe...I use a 60w bulb, better buy a bunch b4 the govt outlaws these also...I buy cheap lamps from goodwill. Using the guts of the lamp, I am able to stick the bulb and socket inside the cookie tin and close the lid on the cord. Safe, nothing is exposed that would catch on fire. Then I sit waters directly on tin. Did an amazing job all winter, and u def know when bulb dies, water is frozen. Good luck.
     
  6. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote: I always put a small hole in mine so I can see if it's on
    1/8th inch is plenty big
     
  7. jimmywalt

    jimmywalt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Be careful closing the lid on the cord. After time it will wear the cord and the you could have an "electric cookie tin" that will shock you when you touch it!

    I made one of these in March to prepare for this winter. Earlier this week I plugged it in and sat a bucket of water on top of it. After 1 hour the tin was barely warm so there was no way that it would get a bucket of water warm........... I was using a 40 watt bulb and had it all set up in my garage (in Michigan).

    Also for anything water & electrical make sure that you are plugging it into a properly wired GFCI outlet. You don't want to go out to the coop in the morning and find "Fried Chicken".

    :)
     
  8. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote: "Barely warm" is WELL above freezing
    It doesn't need to FEEL very warm to be working perfectly
     
  9. jimmywalt

    jimmywalt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can positively assure you that in Michigan "barely warm" cookie tin would not have a chance to keep the water from freezing. The bottom of the bucket plastic was still FREEZING cold. I'm positive that if left outside for a period of time it would be one large ice cube.

    Now if I had a 100 watt bulb that "might" work.... :)
     
  10. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote: How many watts is your aquarium heater?
     

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