Water is freezing in the coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by 09northernchick, Dec 13, 2009.

  1. 09northernchick

    09northernchick Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 29, 2009
    Our coop is insulated and was staying quite warm until this week. It has been really cold here and the water is freezing in the container. What kind of ideas have you smart people come up with to solve this problem? Friends of ours take their water in every night. I doubt the girls drink once they roost for the night but I would have to be getting out to the coop much earlier than I'd like to put it back in. I have heard of people using heated dog dishes and may look into that. I do not want to use a heat lamp.

    What has been working for you?
  2. trilyn

    trilyn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2009
    East Syracuse
    At the moment, I am using a five gallon bucket with three of the poultry nipples on the bottom and a deicer from TSC inside of the bucket. I have it hanging on the coop wall using a hook that is normally used for horse buckets. It keeps the bucket flat against the wall. It rocks! No more frozen water and no messes in the coop from spilled waterers. The whole set up ran for under 40.00 and the best part is, in the spring, just take out the deicer and in the summer it is so large I can put a milk jug filled with water (frozen, of course) in there and it will keep the water and the chooks nice and cool! Love this thing. [​IMG] If you've never seen the poultry nipples before, check out my page.
  3. PDXRN

    PDXRN Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 14, 2009
    Pacific Northwest
    try a seedling warming matt. It's only rated to raise the temp 10-20 above ambient. I have been using one during a long cold spell in my uninsultaed coop for the last week and it has worked great.
  4. Tecalli

    Tecalli Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2009
    State College, PA
    I just bought a heated dog bowl for the coop. I like it because it automatically turns on and off as needed, depending on the temperature. Its very safe and cheap to operate.
  5. gwennym

    gwennym Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 18, 2008
    Edwardsville, IL
    Last year I used a heated poultry waterer base, but this year, so far, I'm using the heated dog dish. Works great and doesn't really get any dirtier than a regular waterer. It's a MUCH cheaper solution than the $45 heated poultry waterer base. There are also some great ideas on here (BYC) on making a heated base yourself.

  6. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    My heated dog dish has ice on it this morning. Not sure if the bowl failed or it was simply too brutal. I like the idea of adding the seedling warming mat...
    Update- the bowl is fine, had ice around the upper rim but the base is toasty. We had two days of brutal cold. Dog dishes are 60 watts, usually, so only the base is warm, at 50F.
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2009
  7. jrleader99

    jrleader99 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I placed a brooder lamp in the coop and it kept the temp warm enough to keep the waterers from freezing. Not sure if that was the best electrically but it worked. I also saw someone had an outlet strip that turned on at 34 degrees and off at 45.
  8. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    I also saw someone had an outlet strip that turned on at 34 degrees and off at 45.

    That's called a "Thermocube"

  9. gsim

    gsim Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2009
    East Tennessee
    I do not keep water in my coop. I have feed only. There are three water pans outside and if it is freezing out I take a 1 gallon bucket of very warm water with me for my morning coop chores. Works fine and no wet litter in coop PLUS they tend to want to go out in AM when I open their two pop doors. I close them 30 sec later and that keeps them from being underfoot while I clean poop-planks and put feed into troughs inside of the coop. Simple and effective for 24 chooks. [​IMG]
  10. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    My coop is large, heavily insulated, and gets some useful solar gain on sunny days, so it does not get nearly as cold in there as you might expect from my location. But, that said, I run one of those heated waterers for one pen, a heated dogbowl for the other, and will have to figure something out for the turkey pen this year.

    Haven't done set up any of that it yet, though, as the only time it's dipped to freezing in the coop so far this season has been on cold windy days with the popdoors open (unfortunately I have popdoors on both sides of the bldg, which means that when everyone is allowed out to their runs I get a pretty stiff crossbreeze - woulda been different if it were a building I built expressly for chickens, but as it is, it's just something I'm stuck with).

    Last edited: Dec 14, 2009

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