i live in new york so we get cold winters with snow and my concern is that the water will freeze over and over and i was wondering if a heating plate would be a good idea? and how do you keep your water from freezing, or is it not a big deal? also im planning on getting 5 or 6 chickens...how much will they eat when they are chicks and when they are full grown. i want to be able to get a feeder/waterer that can supply them for a couple of days. thanks so much also what kind of waterers and feeders do you use? what would you recomend? thanks so much! stay warm!