Water Hearters

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Fireraven0613, Aug 19, 2011.

  1. Fireraven0613

    Fireraven0613 Out Of The Brooder

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    Do they make a water heater that doesn't need to be plug in... like a battery powered one? We can't get electric to our coop. It's to far away from the house so I worry about them having water in winter. Not to mention I'm not sure what to do to keep them warm.
     
  2. JackE

    JackE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How far away is the coop? In the winter I connect and run two 100ft extension cords down to my coop to power up the waterer heater. I'm only powering up a 40W bulb. One of these days I intend to dig a trench and run electric out to it, but there are too many other things ahead of that on my list.
    Jack
     
  3. BellevueOmlet

    BellevueOmlet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Water Hearters = love water for your chickens [​IMG]

    I use an extension cord as well
     
  4. Fireraven0613

    Fireraven0613 Out Of The Brooder

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    It's quite a way... probably between 500 and 1000 feet away [​IMG] Not good at judging distance. The only probably with running extensions cords out there is the fact that it would have to cross our drive way and my husband would end up plowing it up all winter long. Not to mention he's electrician and shudders when I mention extension cords!
     
  5. Keltara

    Keltara Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm not sure where it is that you live, but if you have temps below freezing which surely you do, then you're going to need electricity at that coop. I'd go the multiple extension cord route. Maybe your hubby could lift the plow blade a little higher to keep from hitting the cord. He could put a marker stake on each side of the driveway where the cord is at so he'll know exactly where not to scrape the blade on the ground.

    The only non-electric waterer that I could find on the internet is here . Problem is, it is solar powered and only functions on SUNNY winter days. Up here in Michigan, there are very few "sunny" winter days. Animals are not able to maintain body heat if they are not hydrated and will expire rapidly without a reliable water source.

    Good luck!
    ~Kelly~
    My Country Chronicles Blog
     
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  6. Fireraven0613

    Fireraven0613 Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Thank you Kelly! I am showing this to my husband when he gets home. He's going to have to figure out something!
     
  7. colebarnhart

    colebarnhart Chillin' With My Peeps

    It would probably be cheaper to just better insulate your coop or build a new one that is much closer and just use that one as a "seasonal vacation get-away" during the warmer months.
     
  8. gale65

    gale65 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Personally, if my husband was an electrician I'd have him running electric out to the coop, stat.
     
  9. Keltara

    Keltara Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Thank you Kelly! I am showing this to my husband when he gets home. He's going to have to figure out something!

    You're welcome. I'm sure he'll figure something out. It will give you peace of mind too and that's very important when you have other lives depending on you.
    ~Kelly~
    My Country Chronicles Blog
     
  10. Keltara

    Keltara Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Gale-
    I had to chuckle when I read your comment. I grew up the daughter of a Mechanic. My dad owned an auto repair shop with his brothers. Our cars were always the last to be repaired. My husband is an automotive designer by day, and he also owns a side business where he is a builder. I don't even want to admit to how long it has been taking him to complete our coop. It will be nice one day, because he is very good at carpentry, but the bottom line is.....some day.

    It stands to reason that poor fireraven with the electrician husband, will be using extension cords for some time. Just like the shoe salesman who's kids always had holes in their shoes. [​IMG]

    ~Kelly~
    My Country Chronicles Blog
     

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