water freezing

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by doodleflock, Dec 31, 2015.

  1. doodleflock

    doodleflock New Egg

    Jul 19, 2015
    I live in Minnesota and the water in my chicken coop keeps freezing. Have no heat in the coop only on a heat lamp that is only on 3 hours a day at night. We have a heater in the water but it still freezes around the heater (when we put it in the main part it freezes around it not the donut)(we don't have a electricity in the coop just an extension cord coming from the house) I don't know if its the heater that it cant keep up or if its just not working all the time.This is the waterer we have. the big problem is if we put the heater in the main part then the donut freezes and then if you put it in the donut then the main part freeze. any advice on how to fix this problem.
  2. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich True BYC Addict

    Apr 6, 2014
    Melrose Park Illinois
    A couple of questions.
    How many watts is your heater?
    Can you install 2, one inside and one in donut?
    Can you try a different heated bowl water container like for dogs. I have one that draws 25 watts. can post pix if you want.
    Needs to be maintained clean as it is open bowl type.
    It is possible that your waterer may be able to slip into dog bowl heater and keep all thawed.
    WISHING YOU WARMTH at this time [​IMG]
  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs I Wanna Be A Cowboy Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    They do sell heated metal pans that you place the waterer on top of.
  4. azygous

    azygous Flock Master

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    The best water warmer is so simple and cheap to make, and works great. I have several and use them to keep my fermented feed from freezing before the chickens can finish it.

    You go to any hardware store and pick up a bottle lamp kit or however many you need for the number of water stations you have. They're about $10 each. You take cookie tins and drill a hole in the side and assemble the kit, install a 40 watt bulb in it and set your water on top. They will keep the water liquid in the drinking tray all day.

    You will still need to bring the water in at night since it probably won't keep the water from freezing overnight.
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
  6. dandan111

    dandan111 Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 25, 2013
    It looks like a nice one. I use a plain heated dog dish type in the barn. I bought a plug in from Amazon that turns on
    At 30 deg. No frozen water. Not been all that cold here in Indiana this year either. Maybe try yours Half full?
  7. blucoondawg

    blucoondawg Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2013
    Northern Wisconsin
    Metal fountain waterer and heated base to set it on
  8. speeps76

    speeps76 Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 7, 2012
    North Carolina
    I wonder if it's possible to use a solar battery as a power source for a low wattage cookie tin heater? We're on 10 acres and can't run electric all the way out to the chicken pen. We're in NC, so we don't have TOO much freezing weather, but we'll certainly have some nights where the water will freeze.

    Has anyone tried solar power for heating?
  9. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

    Feb 25, 2014
    Northwestern Wyoming
    My Coop
    The type of extension cord and the distance between your power source and your coop makes a difference too. The longer the distance, the longer the cord has to be, and the more power is lost from that cord between the outlet and the waterer - the voltage drops. The heavier extension cords do better in these situations than the lighter weight household ones. Look on the cord - it should tell you if it contains number 10 wire or number 12. The 10 wire will give you more voltage to your heater than the 12, which means less loss of power.
  10. doodleflock

    doodleflock New Egg

    Jul 19, 2015
    thank you all for your help. we found out that a plastic part on the heater either broke off or was not there to begin with. so it was rusting the inside and was tripping/short sirciting because of the rusting.

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