Temp of water for winter?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by viktoriacl, Sep 4, 2010.

  1. viktoriacl

    viktoriacl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got a simmering pot from someone and plugged it in in the house. The water temp got up to 115F but this was in the house where it was probably 80F that day. Is this too hot for winter watering?
     
  2. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    The water temp got up to 115F

    That's fine if you want to slow cook them

    If you just want to keep the water thawed, it only needs to be about 40 degrees​
     
  3. viktoriacl

    viktoriacl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Too Funny! I wasnt plannig on cooking them......or was I..? No I was just thinking the 115 wouldnt stay 115 when it is 20F outside. Is that not right?
     
  4. jmagill

    jmagill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think you need to do a test run.

    Warmer water in the winter will mean that your chickens will drink more - a good thing.
    Too hot and they won't drink another problem.

    You need to know and not guess, for your chickens safety.
     
  5. viktoriacl

    viktoriacl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks. I would test. I just didnt know if anyone already knew the answer to this question. What do other water heaters people use heat to in the warm temp?

    edited to add my sticking "Q" to the begining of uestion.
     
    Last edited: Sep 5, 2010
  6. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    No I was just thinking the 115 wouldnt stay 115 when it is 20F outside. Is that not right?

    The pot won't stop heating until the temp reaches 115

    If it can't raise the temp that high it willl be on 24/7.

    That's going to use a lot of electricity​
     
  7. OregonChickenGal

    OregonChickenGal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just go down and buy a heated dog dish. You can get them in 1 or 2 gal. size. It won't use near as much electric. Chickens just near their water above freezing.
     
  8. jmagill

    jmagill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    http://japr.fass.org/cgi/reprint/7/3/258.pdf

    "At
    low air temperatures, chickens have
    increased maintenance energy requirements
    and decreased growth rate [l, 13, 141. Consumption
    of warm water at low air temperatures
    may have a favorable effect as, based on
    immunological measurements, chickens provided
    with warm water in winter appeared to
    be less stressed than controls [lq. Moreover,
    consumption of cooled water would require
    energy to raise the water temperature to body
    temperature. This would increase energy requirements
    of the buds."
     
  9. math ace

    math ace Overrun With Chickens

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    Last winter, I found that water I put in their coop did not freeze, but the water in their run did. We are in North florida, so our winters are mild compared to others in the US. I did have heat in the coop and that may be why the water in the coop did not freeze . . . ..
     
  10. matimeo

    matimeo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I believe I read somewhere that chickens won't drink water which is warmer than their body temperature (which I believe is about 107 degrees F). Sounds too warm.
     

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