stopping water from freezing

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by mossy_oak23, Oct 28, 2009.

  1. mossy_oak23

    mossy_oak23 Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 28, 2009
    i accidentally started a thread on this somewhere else. Anyways the title says it all. I have a 3 gallon metal waterer and live in ontario where our winters get pretty cold. I am unable to get electric out in the coop. Any help will be appreciated!
  2. rocknrod

    rocknrod New Egg

    Apr 6, 2009
    Take a 4-6 inch plastic tile, use a post hole digger or some other means to get a 4-6 inch hole and dig a hole in the earth below frost level. Insert tile into the hole and place bucket over the hole and let the heat from the earth do the work.
  3. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

  4. citrusdreams

    citrusdreams Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2009
    I used to keep two of the waters you're talking about. I'd keep one inside, and one outside and twice a day I'd switch them for unfrozen water (and the frozen one would defrost inside in the meantime).

    Now I don't do that. I just bring other containers out. But it doesn't stay that cold where I am that long or I'd probably do something different. As it is, I have to be outside twice a day at least anyway.

    I do have a submergeable water de-icer for the cattle though. The chickens tend to drink out of that and the other water containers all over the farm, so I'm not as diligent about keeping the chickens in water anymore. No, I'm not a bad chicken mama, it's just that water is all over the place here.

    I like the idea of the electric dog waterer, but I don't like having too much electric out. I think I'd still be bringing out fresh water twice a day.

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