Salt in a water bottle

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by CluckingChic, Dec 10, 2016.

  1. CluckingChic

    CluckingChic New Egg

    Dec 10, 2016
    I read somewhere that if you put salt in a water bottle and put it in their water outside it will keep it from freezing. Has anyone heard this?
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I've never heard of that one. But salt isn't good for chickens anyway. [​IMG]
  3. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under CluckingChic [​IMG] Welcome!

    Did you mean putting an enclosed bottle of salt water into a water container, such that the salt water does not actually contaminate the fresh water?

    Salt water requires a lower freezing point than fresh water; the saltier the water, the lower the temperature needs to be for it to freeze.

    I have not heard of it but I am guessing that the theory behind it might be that the salt water is not freezing and remains warmer than the outside fresh water; thus slightly increasing the temperature of the surrounding fresh water and stopping it from freezing [​IMG]

    It would be a good experiment to try.

    As Diva mentioned, salt excess is not good for chickens.

    I hope you enjoy BYC. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun. Unlike non chicken loving friends, family and colleagues, BYC’ers never tire of stories or pictures that feature our feathered and non feathered friends [​IMG]
  4. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

    Nov 30, 2014
    Middle Tennessee
    Actually, it's the bottle of water bobbing around in the water creating movement that keeps the drinking water from freezing as fast...

    Only heard of salt being put in the bottle recently, but dunno how much that would help...
  5. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    Hey Ravyn thanks .. I did wonder about that also but thought that it would not be bobbing for long in stationary water?

    Interesting stuff but not something we need to worry about here in Aus; we are usually adding ice not preventing it [​IMG]
  6. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

    Nov 30, 2014
    Middle Tennessee

    lol! I bet! I have a friend in Kingaroy, said her kids Christmas pressie was a big pool... :D

    It's mostly used in livestock tanks, so each time they drink, they tend to bump or 'play' with the bottle and set it off again... doesn't stop it from freezing, especially in extremely low temps, but it does slow it down...
  7. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    Ah, OK, cool .. that makes sense.

    So, it is probably not going to work in chicken water because there is nothing to bounce it around.

    You learn something new every day and I was not even the OP lol.

    I am jealous, I want a pool! [​IMG]
  8. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

    Nov 30, 2014
    Middle Tennessee

    Yeah, I hadn't heard of it with chickens, dunno if they'd peck at it or not?? Ducks would though, lol...

    The day I stop learning is the day I stop everything... ;)

    So do I!
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    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

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    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

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