Waterer too far - extreme winter

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Gammond, Oct 16, 2018.

  1. Gammond

    Gammond Songster

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    We are installing an automatic/heated waterer, as I am sick of packing 4-6 milk jugs/day in the winter!

    We have approx 74 chickens. They will have to go about 20 feet to get to the water setup.

    We get as cold as -40 here... do you think I will have issues with them not getting enough water? Last winter, we had all the water in the coop in big heated dog dishes... they NEVER left the coop!

    Need advice ;)
     
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  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Making Coffee

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    I read chickens won't walk farther to get water, and that 10 feet away was the most distance they were willing to travel until absolutely necessary. You may have problems especially on bitter days as many birds will remain inside the coop. Where's the feeder kept? Water should be close to it. You won't know until you try. Each flock will have different quirks and ways of moving and doing stuff. You will get decreased egg production from them not a consuming enough water.

    We have a heated water stock tank we get water out of. It's outside the shed, so daily I fill up rubber bowls and dishes. My chickens would never walk out there daily for their water.
     
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  3. Gammond

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    I'll have to see how it goes! Would hate to have done this for nothing.
     

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  4. kwhites634

    kwhites634 Slow hands & an easy touch

    @BantyChooks might be able to offer a suggestion or two; she's also in Canada.
     
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  5. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Making Coffee

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    How deep is your line? Ours is barely 3 feet and we get freezing unfortunately some years. Our house water pipes are 7 feet down as out frost line is 6 feet here. Did you do a yard hydrant than?
     
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  6. Gammond

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    We have a frost-free hydrant next to the coop, so carrying water from it to inside the coop is only a few feet. Wonderful!
    I think that your birds won't get enough water, unless you have water inside with them.
    Mary
     
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  8. oldhenlikesdogs

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    That's what we have too. We fill a stock tank with a tank heater. My birds wouldn't go out to get their water either. They would just eat snow first.
     
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  9. Gammond

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    We'll see how it goes - we are willing to shovel a path or even build a covered walkway next year.. but for now, we'll just see.. I'll keep everyone posted.
    FYI: The coop now has an overhang that will keep them sheltered when they initially leave the bus.
     
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  10. oldhenlikesdogs

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    You don't know until you try. It may all work out fine. I will look forward to updates for sure.
     
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