WATER IN THE WINTER

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by tamemeg, Oct 30, 2008.

  1. tamemeg

    tamemeg Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi, can I please get some ideas on watering my chickens in the winter. I live in SW PA, so I figured an electric waterer would work. Any input of the best kind would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Pam
     
  2. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    You can buy a heated poultry waterer or a heated dog bowl waterer. If you have a galvanized waterer you can buy or make a heated base for it.
     
  3. tamemeg

    tamemeg Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes, I know some of the options out there....I was wanting some feedback from people as to what are the best ones. You are the only response so far, so I guess i'm out of luck...LOL Thanks for the response :)
     
  4. Colored Egg Farmer

    Colored Egg Farmer Chicken overload

    I would say the poultry water heater would be best but there are one you can make if you are good at that type of thing.
     
  5. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    We're using a 3 gal, double-walled galvanized metal waterer and an electric heater base. If you nvest in one of these, remember to protect the cord from little beaks if it doesn't have a guard installed!

    It's economical because the heater does not turn on until the pre-set thermostat activates it. Check the manufacturer instructions to see the minimum temp at which it works. Have a fireproof area on which is stands, well above bedding, too.

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  6. tamemeg

    tamemeg Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for your input, Lynnep. That is the type I will probably go with, and yes, I will keep it up on blocks or something. Thanks again, Pam
     
  7. whatsup chickenbutt

    whatsup chickenbutt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    lynneP how much was your watering set up? its two different items right, galvanized waterer, then a heated base?
     
  8. whatsup chickenbutt

    whatsup chickenbutt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    chickentoes,
    as far as making your own heated base, how would you do that?
     
  9. melula

    melula New Egg

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    I use the set up LynneP displayed but an old farmer friend sets his water up on four blocks with a small space in the middle of the blocks. In that space he has an incandescent 50 watt bulb. Supposedly the low wattage bulb decreases fire hazards.
     
  10. banter

    banter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 3, 2008
    Raymond Maine
    Ok, Here's a dilemma for you. How do you set up a heated waterier for geese? Mine are as sweet as pie, but they still have razor sharp teeth and they LOVE rubber and plastic! They would chew right threw any cord. I thought about running the cord through pvc or a hose. Someone out there must be brilliant! I need ideas! I hauled water all last winter to the unheated barn. It was not fun. Who needs to go to Curves! Just get poultry!
     

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