The Frozen Waterer Thread!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by chicken boy sam, Dec 11, 2010.

  1. chicken boy sam

    chicken boy sam Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 21, 2009
    People who live in the North know that every morning in the winter, or year-round, the waterer will be frozen. This is a thread for complaining about it, taking pictures of it, discussing it and how you keep up with it!

    Every morning, my Dad goes out with a hot water- waterer and brings back the frozen one. In the middle of the day, I go back and un-freeze my bantam's show cup (The one she can reach) and bring it back with hot water with sugar/molasses dissolved in it. In the afternoon, my dad brings back the un-frozen one, takes back the frozen one, and the cycle goes on... [​IMG]
  2. featherz

    featherz Veggie Chick

    Mar 22, 2010
    Saratoga County, NY
    I just use heated dog bowls. they work great - no fuss no muss. [​IMG]
  3. blueseal

    blueseal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 3, 2008
    yup i take a 5 gallon pale of cold water down evry morning now. break out the ice and put new water in. also heres a tip you know that hot water freezes faster than cold water.
  4. spartacus_63

    spartacus_63 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2009
    Central Iowa
    you know that hot water freezes faster than cold water.

    I got a water fountain heater and now only have to refill the fountain every three days.​
  5. sgtmom52

    sgtmom52 Birds & Bees

    Quote:This is only true under very specific conditions and is known as the Mpemba effect

    I would doubt that it would make a significant difference in most coops.
  6. jmagill

    jmagill Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 9, 2009
    Western Wyoming
    Quote:Simply not true! It may cool a bit faster but because it starts warmer and it takes longer to get to freezing even if the temp drops quicker. Yes. I should add "In most everyday circumstances" The exception is the Mempba effect

    Just try it!
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2010
  7. FourPawz

    FourPawz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2010
    Hey, at least when I take water out to my crew it takes a while to freeze. I have a sister in Vermont and years ago while visiting her I took a pail of water to her flock. It was around 20 below zero and before I could get everyone watered, the pail had ice forming around the edge of the pail. BRRRR!!!
  8. Mr.Bojangles

    Mr.Bojangles Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 23, 2010
    Ayden,NC 28513
    My wife has some bird bathe heaters that keep the water from freezing, pug it in and drop into the water bowl and it keeps the water from freezing. Costs $15.00 at wild bird unlimited...
  9. Rare Feathers Farm

    Rare Feathers Farm Overrun With Chickens

    For the ducks & geese, I use rubber tubs. They are easy to break and I can refill them twice per day in just a few minutes.

    As for the chickens, I use pop bottle waterers. Each pen has two sets. This way, while one set is fill and hooked in, the other is in a bucket in the house thawing out. I switch them out as needed. It also helps keep the bedding dry and the humidity lower in my coop than bowls of water. I don't have enough electricity out there for 15+ heated bowls, LOL
  10. cottage19

    cottage19 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 20, 2010
    Eastern PA
    We use an electric heater base for our metal waterer. It wasn't cheap - I think we paid about $45 at our local farm bureau store but it worth the $$ and does the job well. It only comes on when the the temp drops to the low 30's and is a great backup for our constantly replenished water bowls that freeze and have to be thawed out and refilled on a regular basis. I like knowing that the girls have unfrozen water to drink in the early morning when they come off the roost...[​IMG]
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2010

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