Solar powered birdbath fountain as winter waterer?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Marbleheader., Oct 1, 2009.

  1. Marbleheader.

    Marbleheader. Out Of The Brooder

    27
    0
    22
    Aug 10, 2009
    New here, so sorry if this sounds crazy.

    We're looking to our first winter with the chickens in New England (15 miles north of Boston), and we obviously need something to keep the water from freezing. We'd like to avoid running electricity to the coop, so that eliminates traditional heated waterers. I haven't come across a solar heated waterer either.

    BUT, they do make birdbaths with solar-powered pumps. Presumably the movement of the water would keep it from freezing even when temps dip below freezing. For example: http://www.birdbaths.com/bird-baths/ceramic-bird-baths/ceramicfrogsolarfountain.cfm

    What
    do people think? Would this work? The water would probably freeze at some point, and could damage the pump and fountain. Interesting, though, no?
     
  2. MimiChick

    MimiChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    244
    7
    121
    Apr 8, 2009
    Glocester, RI
    It's an interesting idea, but from what I've heard about solar fountains they stop working as soon as they are out of direct sun. Apparently, there's no battery backup to tide them over. So, whenever the sun is not hitting it directly, it won't work.
    Now, if you could hook it up to a battery ... maybe.
     
  3. purpletree23

    purpletree23 Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,997
    29
    181
    May 15, 2009
    I'm in the same predicament. In New Hampshire and I really don't want to spend money on an expensive heater and running a cord out to the coop. Everyone put their heads together and think. We're a pretty savey bunch of people and I know we can come up with something.

    I did see an ad for a solar 'heated' water bowl but it was just a black plastic bowl with a small opening in the top for the animal to drink from. The drawback is that you have to leave it outside for it to work. I wonder if the inventer ever sold any?

    Any ideas anyone???

    What about those small hand/ toe warmers they sell at sports stores? Are they water proof?

    Could a solar panel heat a wire that heats a piece of metal at the end that could be immersed in the waterer?
     
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2009
  4. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

    5,772
    17
    269
    Dec 16, 2008
    westchester
    [​IMG]
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by